Daggers 0 Orient 0 - The managers give their view on the stalemate

Still and Slade give their verdicts


Daggers boss John Still said: “It was always going to be a tougher test, playing against a team from League One, who did very well last year and we had tough games with last year, but I don’t think there was what you would call an obvious gap.

“It was a good step in the right direction for us, we had some good performers today. Although he started a bit slowly, I thought Billy (Bingham) was outstanding.

“Quite a few of the lads showed some good stuff, we had some good interplay and we played at a good tempo.

“Both goalkeepers didn’t have much to do, but I was very, very pleased.”

Orient manager Russell Slade said: “We learned loads today, that’s why I was very keen to come here. Because you learn all about the other side of the game.

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“The second balls and setting up quickly from set plays and defending properly and doing all the nitty gritty side of the game.

“It was a complete contrast to the games we had in Finland. It was great for us and I was pleased with the clean sheet.

“There were not too many chances for either side, but I thought that we had the better chances and if the referee didn’t see Jimmy (Smith) being man-handled to the ground then he needs to get himself to Specsavers.

“We’re pleased that David Mooney signed today and got 30 minutes under his belt.”


Daggers 0 Orient 0

7 mins: Damien McCrory has the first chance of the game for Daggers, but fires a free-kick just wide of Lee Butcher’s left-hand post.

20 mins: Jimmy Smith floats the ball into the box and Alex Revell sends a tame header wide.

23 mins: Orient, trying to play out from the back are caught in possession and Gavin Tomlin fired wide from the edge of the box.

24 mins: As the game starts to come to life Orient striker Alex Revell has the best chance so far, but sees his shot from eight yards blocked by a defender.

38 mins: The dangerous Gavin Tomlin goes on a run and fires just over the top.

45 mins: Gavin Tomlin, who threatened throughout almost snatched the lead on the stroke of half-time, but was denied by a diving save from Lee Butcher.

HALF-TIME: Daggers 0 Orient 0 - Honours even. Daggers have looked the more dangerous, while O’s have tried to build patiently from the back. But both sides have lacked a cutting edge as chances have been few and far between.

46 mins: The second half starts as the first half ended with Gavin Tomlin sending in a shot from the edge of the area, but Butcher saved.

48 mins: Alex Revell goes close to breaking the deadlock as he sends a shot from 16 yards just over the bar after Jonathan Tehoue had raced down the right and cut the ball back.

58 mins: Jimmy Smith heads over a Charlie Daniels corner after Orient put together their first spell of pressure.

74 mins: Orient’s new signing David Mooney, on for Jonathan Tehoue cuts in from the right and sees his shot blocked.

78 mins: Daggers go close to taking the lead as Damien McCrory fires in a free-kick that just skids past Lee Butcher’s left-hand post.

79 mins: The home side finish with a flourish as Josh Scott fires in a shot.

90 mins: O’s put together a neat move, and Charlie Daniels arrives at the far post but blasts the ball into the stand.

FULL-TIME: Daggers 0 Orient 0 - Both managers will be pleased with a clean sheet as the derby finished all square - but the two sides will be looking for more of a cutting edge in the weeks ahead

Daggers: Shea, McCrory, Doe, Arber, Williams (Woodhall 62 mins), Tomlin (Scott 62 mins), Elito (Osborn 76 mins), Howell, Ogogo, DJ Green (Iiesanmi 66 mins), Bingham, Subs: Lewington, Reed, Swaibi, Dennis.

Orient: Butcher, Omozusi, Chorley, Cuthbert, Cox, Revell (Porter 82 mins), Daniels, Spring, Tehoue (Mooney 64 mins), Cestor (Laird 64 mins), Smith. Subs: Lovelock, Odubajo, Lobjoit,

Attendance: 961.

Referee: L Collins


Dagenham & Redbridge: Daggers will be without record appearance holder Tony Roberts, who has a calf strain and is replaced in goal by Arsenal youngster James Shea.

Leading the line alongside Gavin Tomlin is Sam Williams, on trial from Yeovil, while another trialist, Luke Howell, starts in the centre of midfield alongside youngster Billy Bingham.

On the bench, Josh Scott will be hoping for playing time as he steps up his return to fitness.

Leyton Orient: Orient’s new striker David Mooney, signed on the morning of the match, is named as a substitute, while recent capture Marc Laird also starts on the bench.

O’s boss Russell Slade names a strong Orient side, with first team regulars Elliot Omozusi, Ben Chorley, Dean Cox, Alex Revell, Charlie Daniels, Matt Spring and Jimmy Smith all included in the starting 11.