Dagenham & Redbridge boss Daryl McMahon admitted he was ‘actually happy’ to start out 2023 with a Nationwide League win at Maidstone United.
Daggers had crushed Stones 1-0 at Victoria Street on Boxing Day, because of a Myles Weston objective.
They usually accomplished a quickfire double within the return on the Gallgher Stadium because of Josh Walker’s 83rd-minute header.
Victory left Daggers simply outdoors the play-off locations on objective distinction, however with three video games in hand on seventh-placed Eastleigh.
And McMahon instructed the membership web site: “The efficiency means extra to me. I do know I say this on a regular basis and it’d sound boring however I genuinely really feel that should you carry out effectively you’ve got obtained a greater probability of successful a recreation of soccer.
“I feel we most likely ought to’ve gained by greater than the one objective. Our efficiency at present was actually good and when it was solely 1-0 and we needed to defend correctly, we defended correctly. We did not panic, we did issues proper.
“You’ll be able to see how the staff has learnt from current experiences, like in opposition to Gillingham the place we stayed calm, we defended the field correctly.
“I assumed Macca [Paul McCallum] approaching for the set-pieces helped us on the finish of the sport. However general I am actually happy with the efficiency.”
Daggers had the higher probabilities all through, however needed to keep affected person earlier than lastly breaking the impasse with Walker heading residence Weston’s cross for his ninth objective of the marketing campaign.
“We would spoken about Maidstone defend actually slender and checked out having our wing-backs actually excessive and extensive and making an attempt to hit diagonal balls from our outdoors centre-backs to our wing-backs,” added McMahon.
“It was an ideal ball from Josh Hare firstly, who hit a few improbable balls at present I assumed throughout the pitch.
“Westy has accomplished effectively one-v-one like he at all times does and Josh Walker’s motion most likely goes a little bit bit unnoticed. It is what he is nice at, for me.
“Within the field he is at all times transferring, he is by no means standing nonetheless. He will get throughout rather well and it is a improbable header.”
Walker had seen a first-half effort dominated out for offside, though TV replays urged Jerome Binnon-Williams had performed him onside.
And Daggers additionally had penalty claims turned down when Kodi Lyons-Foster appeared to journey Junior Morias within the field.
McMahon had some sympathy for referee Matthew Russell, however felt his aspect had been laborious accomplished by on each events.
“I feel he is a superb referee. Each time we have had him, I’ve at all times thought he is good,” he mentioned.
“And I will be stunned if he is not a Soccer League referee within the subsequent 12 months or so. I do suppose he is an excellent referee. I need to say that firstly.
“The primary objective Josh Walker scored, I can see why it is given as offside, although I do not suppose it’s offside, I can see why if they are not 100 per cent sure, why they’ve erred on the aspect of the defending staff, it is what everybody does.
“However to not give the penalty is unbelievable. It is completely unbelievable how you’ve got not on condition that as a penalty.
“There isn’t any approach you may inform me that Junior performed for it or no matter. If Junior stays on his toes he is previous the defender, there’s no one coming after Junior, he is obtained a transparent shot at objective.
“There is not any approach Junior must go down, no motive why Junior would go down, and should you suppose he has gone down, ebook him for diving.
“It is a penalty to us or a yellow card and free-kick to Maidstone. I feel he obtained that basically, actually mistaken. However all of us make errors.”