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Lock surprised by Daggers' defensive display against 'little old Maidenhead'

Sam Lock. Photo credit: Darren Woolley. 

 

Sam Lock admits he was surprised by Dagenham & Redbridge's approach to Tuesday's game at York Road, with the visitors content to sit deep and frustrate the Magpies.

For much of the contest the Daggers were blunted as an attacking force but, having failed to break them down, the Magpies succumbed to a quick counter attack and a well taken goal from Chike Kandi.

Peter Taylor's men looked likely to leave with all three on Tuesday, but Alfie Kilgour's drilled finish ensured the spoils were deservedly shared.

Lock said it was strange to see a team sitting so deep against 'little old Maidenhead'. But it's surely a sign of their rising stature in the National League that teams play it tight at York Road.

“It’s not normal that a team comes and sits deep against little old Maidenhead,” said Lock. “They were saying 'come and beat us'. We’re used to being under pressure and teams coming for us and trying to get three points. They sat in deep and tried to frustrate us.

“I felt we were the only team that was looking to win the game, albeit it they’ve got a penalty. We kept on trying to find a way, to work a few yards, to create an opportunity, but they then nick a ball from a stray pass and he's (Kandi) finished it well.

“But we’ve showed a lot of character to come back and it’s a great finish from Alfie. They boys never gave up.”

Kilgour's late goal could be crucial in United's battle to avoid the drop. Lock said they'd only know how important that goal would be at the end of the campaign.

“Yeah definitely, it’s about maybe getting three or four more wins now to definitely stay in the league,” he said.

“At the end of the season we’ll know how important that point is. It’s difficult to tell at the moment but it keeps us in good spirits and in a good mood going into Saturday’s game against Sutton.”

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