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League Two

Still lauds delightful Daggers

11 November 2012

Dagenham boss John Still hailed a first-class showing from his team after they brushed aside promotion-contenders Rotherham 5-0.

Striker Dwight Gayle and midfielder Luke Howell scored twice each, with Medy Elito getting the other, as the Daggers turned in a result and a performance that marks them out as a team to be watched. They have now lost just once in the last ten in the league.

Still said: "The pace, movement and quality of our passing when we were attacking was absolutely first class. Gayle's movement was always a problem and our three midfield players controlled the game and Matt Saunders showed true quality. We thought we'd go with extra pace and Jake Reed did a fantastic job.

"Our goalkeeper had to make a couple of saves but it was a first-class performance and I was absolutely delighted. It is every credit to the coaching staff what they are getting out of these players.

"Rotherham are a big side and we thought we might have problems with their height and would have to accept that we'd lose a header every now and again but we dealt with it all really well. We've had a couple of disappointing recent performances at home but we were superb."

Rotherham manager Steve Evans was unhappy about an alleged "foul and abusive comment" by the referee, Roger East, to one of his players.

He said: "The player came to the bench and told me what had been said. To say I was surprised is an understatement and we addressed it with an official at half-time but I am not going to let that detract from what went on on the pitch."

Evans was scathing of the performance, calling it the worst of his managerial career

He said: "It was a shambles from start to finish. We switched off for the opening goal and from thereon in it was our goalkeeper, Andy Warrington, versus Dagenham. We were as poor as we could think we could be and that is taking nothing away from John Still's team.

"There was a severe lack of effort, commitment and passion, things we say we need to get in place and that's no excuse. If you wear the Rotherham United shirt you need to have that but we had none of that from start to finish. There were no excuses and we can only apologise."

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