Drop zone a con­cern for Paul’s strug­glers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Paddy Roberts

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

NGS Da­gen

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