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MANAGER ON DAGGERS

14 September 2013

Post match comments from Dagenham


Rovers’ manager John Ward was a disappointed man as he faced the press following this afternoon’s defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Trailing to Abu Ogogo’s tenth minute goal at the break, his side had an opportunity to get back on level terms early in the second half, but Matt Harrold’s penalty was saved by home keeper Chris Lewington.

The Daggers scored again on 72 minutes and that was game over as Rovers posed very little threat in the final 18 minutes.

“I am really disappointed with this afternoon’s performance and I don’t know how many times I can keep saying that after games.

“We didn’t play particularly well in the first half but we were still in the game and then had an opportunity to get back on level terms with the penalty. We didn’t take it and the game drifted away from us especially after the second goal.”

The manager was particularly disappointed with what he called some of the thinking by his players.

“That was a disappointment. I think that players were trying, physically, but decision making and concentration levels were missing on a consistent basis over the 90 minutes.

“I think that comes when you are confident and playing well, but when times are difficult, as they are now, chances and opportunities are passing us by and we have to improve on that.”

It was even more frustrating in that he was able to field quite an experienced lineup this afternoon.

“I didn’t put a young side out today, but one with some experience and some of those players have to do better.

“The game is about results and the senior boys know that but we have huffed and puffed at the front end of the team again.

“I made three changes for the game in an attempt to try to shake that up a bit but it didn’t happen for us again.

“I’ve no idea what might have happened had we scored from the penalty spot, but we didn’t, and have lost the game and that’s why it’s so disappointing and frustrating for us.”

Once again, the goals conceded were from set pieces.

“It is a concern, and will be if it continues, so we have to have better concentration levels at our marking from set plays.”

The manager’s post-match interview in full will be on Gas Player later this evening.


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