Mark on Daggers defeat
Mark McGhee says he is disappointed with his team’s failure to take their chances against Dagenham and Redbridge this afternoon.
The manager says the spirit and commitment from his team were all there, but a lack of being able to see of a chance lost them the game.
He said: “We had a plan and I think most of it was right. I think we started well, and up until they scored the goal we looked the more likely team.
“Up until that point we were satisfied, after they scored we lost a bit of initiative and our tempo went down a little bit, but it wasn’t that bad, we were still in the game.
“We missed enough chances to win the game, goals change games, I don’t think they had a another shot on target that Sam had to save.
“Second half I think we upped the tempo and we battered them throughout the second half trying to get an equaliser, and we didn’t get it.
“We didn’t take our chances and we ended up being suckered by the one chance they had. Dave Clarkson will be disappointed tonight, but even in the second half we had other chance and we didn’t take them.
“I don’t think there was anything wrong with the spirit, the attitude, the system or the positions people played in.”
The manager says he is gutted after today’s performance, but he is not angry. He was also pleased with the performances of a number of players.
“I am gutted. I am disappointed, but I am not going in there today angry. I am disappointed with Clarkson and for Clarkson for not taking that chance.
“I thought Fabian did terrifically well in taking the game to them. I thought the back four were never really under any sort of pressure, I thought Tom Parkes did ok in the middle of the park and brought that bit of physical presence that we are trying to get up there.
“The front two, especially Joe, did well, although Tom Eaves didn’t get in the game as much as we would like. There were a lot of good performances, we just didn’t score a goal.
“I can’t take the positives at this moment in time, I will have to find the positives and articulate them to the players before next week. If we get the first goal, I think we would have won the game today.”
The manager says he can understand the frustration of the fans, and his told his players that they have to be brave and stand up and be counted.
He says that he hopes to bring in a few new faces in the New Year and still has a passion for getting the job done.
He said: “I hope the fans see more than the result. I think we had the bulk of that game and we have made a lot of chances.
“That team out there today can play better but there was no lack of commitment, effort and trying to win the game.
“The boys have got to be big enough and brave enough to go out and show that we are better than we are showing at the moment, show that we can win games
“I don’t think we should be blasé about it, we need to work hard to overcome it. I know where we are a little bit short, and we have known that since the start of the season.
“We have been trying to do things and we know that at Christmas we have to make some changes, and if I am given the opportunity to do that improvement will come.
“We will go into the New Year period and hopefully bring in one or two new faces. I know the job that needs to be done here and I am looking forward to doing it.
“I have not been here a year yet, and with the transfer windows it doesn’t happen overnight. I know we are expected to be better off than where we are, but we need time to complete the job.”
When asked about the transfer window he said: “It is not so much about significant funds, we have people coming of contract and people on loan, so we have the opportunity to change a few around.
“It is my responsibility as to who we sign, and from the day I got here I was given full autonomy to make those decisions.
“The board have backed me fully in that and they have been fantastic to try and stretch the limit of our funds. We have a budget in this league that is competitive and I have no complaints with that.”
And when asked about his own future he said: “I remain positive about being here and the future here.
“Either I will turn it around with what I have here or if people here think I am not going to do that, what has happened before will happen. Someone new will come in and be given the support I would be given and they will turn it around.
“This club will not be in the Conference next season, I have no doubts about that whatsoever.”
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