Dag­gers must dig deep says Hack­ett

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Robert Do­man

DA­GEN­HAM & Red­bridge as­sis­tant manager War­ren Hack­ett warned the club is still not out of trou­ble de­spite se­cur­ing back-to-back wins amidst a feast of fab­u­lous fin­ish­ing against Tran­mere.

Jamie Cure­ton, Ash­ley Hem­mings and Billy Bing­ham scored three scin­til­lat­ing goals to ease the Dag­gers’ rel­e­ga­tion fears fur­ther, while Micky Adams slammed his Rovers de­fence af­ter ad­mit­ting his team just weren’t good enough at the back.

Tran­mere re­sponded with goals from Danny Gard­ner and Max Power as fans were treated to more fin­ish­ing from the top drawer, but only one set stayed happy as Hack­ett vowed for the Dag­gers to kick on.

“It was an im­por­tant win,” Hack­ett said.

“Tran­mere are one of the teams in and around us and we need to en­sure we beat those teams.

“There were some nice goals scored and we looked con­fi­dent in the fi­nal third of the pitch.

“Fair play to Tran­mere be­cause they threw the kitchen sink at us and that’s what you’d ex­pect be­cause they are in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion.

“We stayed strong at the end but we are not silly enough to think that we are out of trou­ble yet.

“We just want to keep win­ning foot­ball matches af­ter what was a very good week for us.”

Cure­ton dragged a shot wide in the 32nd minute fol­low­ing a neat in­ter­change with Luke How­ell at the other end.

He atoned on 40 min­utes, how­ever, plac­ing a classy lob over the ex­posed Owain Fon Wil­liams af­ter run­ning onto An­dre Bou­caud’s ball over the top.

Tran­mere sub­sti­tute Gard­ner curled a stunning equaliser into the top cor­ner from the edge of the box just three min­utes later.

But Hem­mings put the Dag­gers back in front five min­utes into the sec­ond half when he found the bot­tom cor­ner with a mes­meris­ing strike with the out­side of his foot.

Bing­ham then scored a sweetly-struck 53rd-minute drive from 30 yards to put the vis­i­tors in con­trol.

Power drilled in to en­sure a nervy fin­ish dur­ing which Janoi Dona­cien blazed over late on.

But Rovers boss Adams said:“We’ve made mis­takes at the back and they’ve been pun­ished. De­fen­sively we were miles away from where we needed to be.

“It is frus­trat­ing be­cause we did our homework and told the play­ers what to ex­pect on the train­ing ground.

“With the chances we cre­ated we could have got some­thing out of it.

“It’s hard for every­body to take, the sup­port­ers not least of all.

“I take re­spon­si­bil­ity but the play­ers have to look at them­selves too.”


M Da­gen


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