McMahon: Dagenham & Redbridge deserved win at Solihull Moors

Daryl McMahon admitted Dagenham & Redbridge were ‘absolutely delighted’ with their 3-0 win at National League rivals Solihull Moors.

Captain Matt Robinson put them in front inside two minutes, as he celebrated his 29th birthday, and Elliot Justham tipped Josh Kelly’s effort onto the crossbar soon after.

Josh Walker then doubled the lead on 71 minutes, with Robinson heading a third in the closing stages to cap a fine day.

“We’re absolutely delighted. It was a good performance from the boys,” McMahon told the club website.

“It’s a tough place to come, they haven’t lost many games here and I thought we fully deserved the win with our performance.

“It was a very good performance and my favourite bit of the game was the 86th minute when ‘Rancey’ [Dean Rance] and [Omar] Mussa came out to block shots. You’re 3-0 up and the desire to keep a clean sheet was high.”

The win lifted Daggers up to 11th in the table and left them with just one loss in their last nine outings in all competitions.

“If you look at the last month, six weeks, it just seems a change in the group now, there seems to be a real togetherness, a real desire to win. What we want to see really,” added McMahon.

“And when we’ve had the issues we’ve had with injuries, and we’ve had to play people who possibly weren’t really ready to play yet and we’ve had to force them into the team, we had some up and down results in that period, I think we’re now seeing people’s true colours. They’ve got themselves match fit and they’re playing well and enjoying their football.

“I like to play attacking football but you’ve got to defend as well and the desire to defend your box is massive, especially in this division. I was really pleased with the lads.

“Sometimes you can read too much into things. It’s so easy to look at a result and go ‘that’s good and that’s bad’.

“Today’s win will look really convincing but we’ve had to work really hard to keep the clean sheet, to score the goals, it’s a tough place to come and it was a really good performance by us.

“Sometimes you can perform really well and not get the result and that’s happened to us a few times this season but it is what it is.”

Daggers return to Victoria Road to host lowly Scunthorpe next weekend and McMahon wants his players to keep working hard to maintain their momentum.

“We’re on a good run, we have been on a good run,” he said. 

“It’s a difficult league, I think we’re growing into the season, I don’t think we need to get carried away with anything. All it is, is three points, the performance.

“We’re back at home against Scunthorpe. We need to have a good training week and we need to go and put in another performance and hopefully we get the result again.

“We are a confident group and that comes from hard work on the training ground. The players are together, working hard, trying to improve.

“When you go through a run of results that we had, that spell a couple of weeks back, all you want to do is put that right and show yourself in the best light.
“I think the players have done that really well, they’re working hard and I’m sure they will do that again next Saturday.”

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