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Posted Sun 15 Jan 12 at 14:16 PM

Daggers Slip To Disappointing Defeat

It was a case of "after the Lord Mayor's show" as the Daggers went back to their bad old ways and slumped to a disappointing defeat, writes Jack Steggles.

It was a game against relegation rivals they could not really afford to lose. But it turned out to be one they never looked like winning with a lack-lustre, unimaginative performance.

All the good things they had displayed in a six match unbeaten run - highlighted by the FA Cup performance against Millwall - went out of the window to leave boss John Still a frustrated man.

"In view of the run we've been on and the form we have showed I'm obviously very disappointed by this setback," said Still.

"We had a form dip here and people who claim we lack a bit of nous are absolutely right. But we have a team full of kids and you can't expect too much from players as young as these.

"We had problems at both ends of the pitch, for the goal Hereford scored that won them the game was far too easy for them as far as I'm concerned. It came from a corner and the man who got it was not picked up as he should have been and was given a free header.

"At the other end we were nowhere near as creative as we should have been and our attacking players did not do enough".

The goal that broke the deadlock - and the hearts of Daggers fans - was scored by French hit man Yoann Arquin. France had their credit rating cut by European financial whizkids in the week - but this was one Frenchman who was given full credit for his effort.

The Daggers made things easy for him by standing off and allowing him a free header from a Joe Colbeck corner only six yards out. It was a gift he accepted gratefully.

It proved a killer blow for the off colour Daggers rarely looked like doing anything about it.

Their best chance by far fell to Jon Nurse on the stroke of half time. He has no one near him when a cross came in from the right, but put a tame header yards wide when he should have done better by hitting the target and working the Hereford keeper.

The Daggers lacked nothing when it came to effort and commitment. But the touch of experience and quality that could have made all the difference was missing.

They piled on the pressure and forced a couple of goalmouth scrambles that had Hereford defending desperately. But overall they were not direct enough and were muscled off the ball too easily.

It was a day best forgotten as they remained deep in trouble at the foot of the table. But they have proved in recent weeks they can do better - and they must do better than this to improve the situation

Vicarage Field Man of the Match - Ahmed Abdulla

Att: 1732 (inc`187 away fans)

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