Taylor admits Daggers may look to use long balls more

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 November 2018

Dagenham & Redbridge players celebrate Alex McQueen's opener against Harrogate Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge players celebrate Alex McQueen's opener against Harrogate Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Both of the Essex club’s goals against Harrogate had a touch of the ‘direct’ about them

Peter Taylor admits Dagenham & Redbridge may continue to go a little more direct with their play after some success with that tactic against Harrogate Town on Saturday.

Daggers ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Sulphurites on Saturday, with Alex McQueen netting twice.

Both of McQueen’s goals had an element of direct play about it, with the first stemming from a headed clearance by Ben Goodliffe and the second coming from Elliot Justham’s goal kick.

After the joy with direct play against the Sulphurites, the Victoria Road outfit may seek to use it again when they visit Sutton United in the Vanarama National League on Saturday.

And having tried to play through the thirds with little success earlier in the season, Taylor acknowledges a more direct style of play may be the way forward.

“We’re always going to try to get good service into the front players. If you can do that, you can build from there,” said the 65-year-old after the win over Harrogate.

“With us, if there’s a little bit of a grey area and we’re not sure what’s on and what’s not, that’s the time to maybe clip it into the corners.

“That said, we still want the players to give nice service into the front players.”

Daggers’ players also appeared to be communicating with one another more on the pitch on Saturday.

Emmanuel Onariase and Ben Goodliffe were constantly talking to each other in defence, while words of encouragement were being given to colleagues across the field.

And Taylor feels the visible improvement in on-pitch communication may be down to a confidence gained through some recent additions.

“You just want the players to do what they do in training in the week. All of a sudden, they know that with players like Angelo Balanta and Jack Munns on the pitch, there are players who can handle the ball in tight areas,” he added.

“The boys had a bit more confidence on Saturday, which showed in the first half against Harrogate.”


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