Ogogo Admits Poor Portsmouth Performance
Skipper Abu Ogogo has admitted that the performance that Dagenham and Redbridge put in last weekend against Portsmouth was one of our worst showings for quite a while.
Speaking to London24 following the four one defeat, he admitted that it was a performance that nobody was proud of, especially given it was the second biggest crowd of the season at Victoria Road and that left them feeling even worse at full time because they knew they hadn't done enough for the supporters on the day.
What was worse was the knowledge that we had to win that game to keep any play off hopes alive, so losing, and especially in the manner we did, basically kills any dreams we may have had in that particular direction.
'The players aren't looking likely any more, we needed to win this game and we didn't do that. From start to finish they were the better team in every department and we can't complain.'
Of course that was pretty much the same as manager Wayne Burnett admitted after the game where he thought we were second best in every department as well.
Ogogo of course picked up our Man of the Match award for his own performance, and although he doesn't feel any consolation given the award, he knows he wasn't quite at it either although he tries to play the same regardless, what was evident was too many of his team mates definitely weren't at the races on the day.
'It's difficult when it's going like that. I play the same if we are winning 5-0 or losing 4-1, but a lot of us didn't turn up. To be honest it's embarrassing picking up the award after that and I didn't want to go in that room, but I tried my best.'
Ogogo goes on to say that the performance was was unfortunately up there with the likes of Mansfield away this season and it was another match where our opposition wanted it more than we did and the disappointing thing there was everybody in the camp was up for trying for a late push on the play offs, so it's difficult to understand why their desire run out as winners.
'I haven't seen us like that for a long time. There is playing poor, but still having a go, but it looked like we didn't even try.'
Harsh words and a lot of honesty that has to be credited really in what is now such a sanitised game, but the 24 year old admits that having netted his ninth of the season in the game, had we managed to draw level things might have turned in our favour.
'As bad as we played in the first half, Brian hit the post, and Wilko hit the bar and we could have gone in level because we rode our luck. The goal doesn't really count for much now.'