Drop zone a concern for Paul’s strugglers
PAUL Buckle admits his Cheltenham side are right up against it after defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge left them two points and two places off the drop zone.
Following a woeful start, two penalty decisions in eight second-half minutes brought the game to life with Jamie Cureton, via a rebound, and Jack Dunn converting.
Hemmings’ wonder goal, following a poor Dunn pass, extended the Robins’ winless run to four games, which was confirmed by substitute Alex Jakubiak’s late goal, leaving Buckle worried.
“We have to recover quickly. We have got to not feel sorry for ourselves,” he said.
“I knew when I came in that it was going to be a very tough job to get us up the league and it’s not going to be easy.
“We have got to regroup because there’s a lot of teams in and around us at the bottom.
“It’s not just us on our own. Feeling sorry for ourselves will get us nowhere.
“We’ve got a few older players but when Jake [Gray] is on the ball we need someone to voice him into playing into channel.
“It was never on to play inside, it got cut out and on another day or another season they don’t go an score but with the predicament we’re in, everytime we seem to make an error it gets punished.We need to learn how to stay in a game because I felt we gifted it to them.”
The hosts were awarded a spot-kick eight minutes after the restart when Andre Boucaud was tripped in the box by Craig Braham-Barrett.
Cureton’s penalty was saved by Trevor Carson but the 39-year-old kept his cool when the ball rebounded back to him to fire home.
The visitors hit back with a penalty of their own on the hour and, after being felled by Daggers keeper Mark Cousins, Dunn got up and sent him the wrong way.
However, with 20 minutes left, Hemmings won the game as he danced through the Robins’ defence before finishing confidently and Jakubiak’s late goal sealed a first win in four for Dagenham.
The hosts’ assistant-manager, Darren Currie, said: “I thought it was bitty in the first half, there was a couple of flashes or decent play but we tended to play backwards.
“It was a little bit frustrating but certainly the way we attacked the game In the second half was very pleasing.
“It was pretty grim.We were against the wind in the first half and when the aim of the game is to get them on the back foot and ask questions of their back four that can be difficult.
“I thought our penalty was quite cheap but at 0-0 you go with the decision.”
STAR MAN ASHLEY HEMMI