McMahon’s Daggers displaying shoots of recovery

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 Wealdstone – Reaction

Birthday boy, Daryl McMahon, was content with a resolute performance from his Dagenham & Redbridge side, culminating in an Angelo Balanta winner and three priceless Vanarama National League points at the third attempt.

A tough Wealdstone side were on the receiving end. And although unspectacular, it was an impressively efficient performance from the Irishman’s side.

“Delighted with the clean sheet. I felt we restricted them to very little, really – they’ve got a big attacking threat as well,” the Daggers chief explained.

“Their front four and quick and direct – we saw that on Tuesday night against Yeovil when they went and scored two goals down there so we knew it would be difficult against them. They counter-attack very well as well.

“But I thought we dealt with the threat all night, and with a bit of magic to win the game for us.

McMahon was pleased with the change of formation following setbacks to FC Halifax at Barnet, adding: “Yes, we will get better as we go along through the season. We’ve had a few knocks and bumps at the back end of pre-season and the start of this season. We hope now we can get people back fit, get into a routine and get people playing together and building a relationship. We are looking to build on the side now.”

Matchwinner Balanta, along with strike partner, Paul McCallum, provided a notable threat throughout the contest: “Yes, they’ve played a lot closer together and the ball went into them quicker, that gave them time to be closer together,” McMahon enthused.

“ We know Balanta has that real class which he showed for his goal and numerous times through the game and Paul’s a handful to play against for anybody.”

Brian Jeeves

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