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Danilo: 'Maidenhead United have defied expectations this season'

Danilo Orsi-Dadomo says Maidenhead United have defied expectations this season and is confident the side are still in the play-off race despite their goalless draw with Barnet at York Road on Saturday.

The stalemate with the Bees ended a three-game losing streak for the Magpies, but a victory would have undoubtedly been the aim ahead of kick-off for Alan Devonshire and his men, who have been slipping away from a place in the top seven.

Speaking to Shay Bottomley earlier in the week, Orsi-Dadomo shared his frustrations with the result and his missed opportunities of snatching United a long-awaited win.

“It was a frustrating game for us all,” he said. “I definitely thought I was going to score, and nine times out of ten, I would have put my first chance away.

“The main thing was that we came away with a point so we put a stop to the three games we had lost on the bounce.

“It’s something we can build on going forward into the final part of the season.”

The 24-year-old striker came close to breaking the deadlock twice in the match. His first effort was blocked by Aymen Azaze just past the half-hour mark, while his second, which found the back of the net, was ruled out for offside.

“I think it was just one of those days where we couldn’t break through the oppostion,” he said.

“In training, we look to play quickly and get the ball back in play as soon as possible.

“On Saturday, me and Sam (Barratt) were on the same wavelength. He looked to pick me out with his long throw, something which we all know he’s got, and we were unlucky not to open the scoring.”

The Magpies sit in 15th place in the National League table, but were at one stage four points off the play-offs after consecutive victories over Chesterfield and Torquay United.

A string of losses, and a growing injury list, has caused the side to drop down the table since. But with games in hand, Orsi-Dadomo, who has scored 12 goals in 27 appearances for the club, is confident Maidenhead can re-establish themselves as contenders before too long.

“We're taking each game as it comes and trying to get as many points on the board as possible,” he said.

“We set out at the start of the season to avoid relegation and reach the 50-point mark. With or without relegation, we have proved a lot of people wrong in their expectations of us this season.

“As a team we want to finish as high as possible to give ourselves something to capitalise on next year. At the moment, we still believe that we're in the play-off race and that's what we're aiming for.

“I'm enjoying my first year in the National League and I'm trying to carry on what I've done so far for the club.”

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