'Embarrassed' Taylor urges Daggers to keep on fighting
PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 October 2018
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Peter Taylor will be praying Dagenham & Redbridge's trip to Boreham Wood in the FA Cup on Saturday is a welcome break from Vanarama National League action after admitting his team's start to the season has left him embarrassed.
A 2-1 defeat at home to Wrexham on Saturday left Daggers languishing five points adrift of safety in the relegation zone after taking nine points from a possible 48 ahead of the break for cup action this weekend.
Taylor, who took charge of the Essex club in the summer, has won just two of his first 16 matches at the helm of the Victoria Road outfit.
And the former England caretaker boss says he is mortified with how his spell as Daggers boss has begun.
“I’m annoyed, frustrated, disappointed and embarrassed that we only have nine points from a possible 48,” said Taylor.
“It’s not good enough and I think people know there’s a reason for that, but we’ve got to keep fighting hard.”
After such a poor start to the season, the pressure is starting to grow on Taylor to turn things around at Daggers.
Fans of the Essex club are already beginning to voice their concern about Taylor’s management online, through both social media and internet forums.
The 65-year-old says he takes his share of the blame for the disastrous run of form, but will surely be wishing things turn for the better soon.
“It doesn’t get any easier to deal with pressure just because you’re older,” added the former Gillingham boss.
“I am honestly frustrated and embarrassed. I know it was a young squad that I put together and it had to be because of the finances that were available.
“But I still thought we’d have more than nine points from a possible 48.
“In that respect, I hold my hands up and say that’s not good enough. I’ve said that to everybody, not just to the press and not just because we’ve lost on Saturday. That’s how I feel, that we should have more points.
“If we were top of the table and I was being linked with Real Madrid, I’d be taking the credit, but we’re now nearly at the bottom, so I have to take the blame for that as well.”
Daggers will hope to fare better this Saturday compared to their last trip to Wood, which ended in a 1-0 loss on the opening day of the season.
If the match goes to a replay, it will take place at Victoria Road on Tuesday night.