Josh Staunton’s versatility praised by Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still
PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 August 2016
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Daggers manager happy youngster can be deployed in variety of roles
Dagenham & Redbridge received a boost despite a 1-0 loss at home to Wimbledon at the weekend, as Josh Staunton impressed coming into the side at centre back.
The former Charlton Athletic youngster was handed his chance after captain Scott Doe was ruled out with a slight shoulder injury, but looked an old head at the back, clearing up any balls that came his way.
The 20-year-old has also featured at right-back and in midfield for Daggers during pre-seasonn, and boss John Still believes the youngster’s ability to play in so many positions will be a big benefit for his new club this term.
“Josh’s versatility is one of the reasons we signed him because he does so many jobs,” said the Daggers boss.
“We’re getting good options and when we haven’t got a big squad, it’s important that we get that.”
Daggers were beaten in their final home pre-season friendly by Dons courtesy of a first-half David Fitzpatrick goal.
The Wimbledon striker headed home at the back post past Elliot Justham, who is still locked in a battle to be number one at Daggers with Mark Cousins.
More importantly, though, the Victoria Road club more than held their own against League One opposition.
It also provided Still with the chance to hand several members of the squad more game time before the start of the season, with Southport the visitors to Essex on Saturday.
New signings Curtley Williams and Matt Robinson have both been struggling with knocks during the pre-season campaign, but started against Dons to Still’s delight.
“We’ve got one or two through injury that are slightly behind. Curtley was one of those, but against Wimbledon he was exceptional,” Still added.
“Matt Robinson, who was a bit behind, was very good too. I thought we were the best team.”