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Set piece cost us

Ardley irked by manner of opener in Daggers defeat

25 January 2020

Neal Ardley was left frustrated as a set piece goal cost us dearly in our defeat at Dagenham on Saturday.

Alex Reid scrambled home from a corner and doubled his tally before the final whistle in east London, where Michael Doyle was sent off for two yellow cards as our nine-match unbeaten run came to an end.

And switching off from a dead ball coupled with spurned opportunities cost us, according to the boss.

“I’m really frustrated because we work hard at set plays and three people ended up not doing their jobs,” said Ardley.

“That’s what lost us the game because it was one of those where the first goal could make all the difference.

“We didn’t take our chances. I didn’t think we deserved to lose but when you don’t defend set pieces you’re in with a chance of that.”

The boss wants to see us take more risks when we’re on the attack.

“The players need the mentality to constantly get at the opposition because when we did it we created some good moments,” he said.

“It must be a mindset thing because I talk to them about dominating one-v-one and changing the pace.

“Late in the game we did it and the players have to take some responsibility for having aggressiveness in their play in the final third.

“I’m constantly telling them to take risks.”

It’s now a case of responding when we host Chesterfield live on BT Sport next Saturday.

“I’ve said my bit in the changing room and now it’s about bouncing back,” Ardley added. “We’ll work harder than ever to do that next week.

“We’ve got 15 games left and we have to make sure there’s a maximum of one or two losses in there while turning those draws into wins.

“The difference is taking risks. We create good moments throughout games and have done that throughout the season.

“If we do that I think we’ll be there come the end of the season.”


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