Butcher is ec­static as Ex­iles bag point

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Pow­ell

ENG­LAND leg­end Terry Butcher never thought a 0-0 draw at Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge could bring him so much plea­sure.

The New­port County man­ager saw his side dou­ble their points tally with a first clean sheet of the sea­son at their fel­low strug­glers.

Butcher’s boys re­main rooted to the bot­tom of the League Two ta­ble with just two points from eight games – four points be­hind the Dag­gers in 23rd.

How­ever, the Ex­iles did at least put a stop to a run of five straight defeats and the boss was de­lighted with a point.

“It was a hard­earned point and a clean sheet as well,” he said.

“That’s some­thing we’ve not had this sea­son. It’s nice to look at that and see that we didn’t con­cede and we didn’t lose the game.

“That’s some­thing new for us and we didn’t know what to do at the end! It feels good to come away and get a point.

“The thing that pleased me most about the game was not so much the qual­ity of our per­for­mance – we played far bet­ter last week and lost the match.

“We know we can play bet­ter but the to­geth­er­ness and the fight from the play­ers young and old was very good.

“It’s the first clean sheet for a long time and we were for­tu­nate in the end when Joe Day made some good saves but we also looked a threat go­ing for­ward at the end when the game be­came very stretched.

“It doesn’t mat­ter how it comes along.

“It is a good point for us be­cause you don’t get used to los­ing but it is de­mor­al­is­ing when you regularly put in good per­for­mances and don’t get any­thing.”

Da­gen­ham wel­comed back Zavon Hines and he was a lively pres­ence on the wing but sub­sti­tute Jamie Cure­ton was guilty of miss­ing sev­eral good chances af­ter the break.

At the other end New­port sub Zak An­sah went clos­est be­fore he was forced off the pitch with con­cus­sion.

And Dag­gers first team coach Dar­ren Cur­rie ad­mit­ted his side lacked the spark nec­es­sary to see off a plucky New­port side.

He said: “I don’t know that we ex­pected to win but we were cer­tainly go­ing into the game con­fi­dent.

“With the chances we cre­ated, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half, we were dis­ap­pointed not to score a goal.

“There were words said at half-time. We were play­ing with no real ur­gency in the first half. Zavon was the only real spark for us; he went on a few lit­tle runs.

“He threat­ened to get us go­ing but we played at too slow a tempo and didn’t re­ally war­rant any­thing from the first half.

“We played with a bit more ur­gency af­ter the break and we cre­ated more op­por­tu­ni­ties in front of goal but un­for­tu­nately didn’t take them.”

STAR MAN MATT PARTRI

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