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29 August 2015

Manager Teddy Sheringham had no complaints with the score line after an improved second half performance at Dagenham saw Boro earn a 1-1 draw.

“It wasn’t going great in the first half even though we had some nice possession. We tried to force the issue a bit more in the second half; obviously we wanted to do that in the first but when it didn’t, we tried to force the issue in the second.

“It was good to get the goal back and get a point out of it in the end. 1-1 has got to be fair result at the end of the day.”

It was Tom Hitchcock’s goal after good work from Tom Conlon and Brett Williams that drew Boro level and the gaffer was impressed with the finish.

“Clever little finish. You have got to give credit for the ball in, for the head down from Brett which was a fantastic little header down into the space and Tom has come along and finished it.

“He is a proven little goalscorer and I am pleased for Tom to get off the mark as he hasn’t had the most game time since I brought him in because I thought the other two strikers have done well.”

After equalising, Boro had 15 minutes to find a winner but Teddy says that an injury to Steven Schumacher halted the momentum.

“It was exactly then or it might have been a couple of seconds before that (the equaliser) he did his hamstring.

“Your first instinct is ‘right we can go on and win this game’ which is what the chat was at half-time, that if we get back into it we can go on and win it.

“That was the initial reaction but then you see Schuey with a hamstring problem. I didn’t want him to ruin himself and try and chase all over the place so I just asked him to stand in there and try and tick it over but he couldn’t even do that really.

“That puts us down to ten men and makes it very hard for us to push on to try and get a winner.”

Boro's next game is at home to Plymouth this coming Saturday - ticket details here.

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