Bromley boss Andy Woodman “delighted” at cutting down the Daggers

BY KAI BENNETT

Bromley manager Andy Woodman was delighted win the 1-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge.

Michael Cheek scored the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute as the Ravens ran out 1-0 winners. Luke Coulson was sent off in the third minute of injury time for Bromley.

Speaking to Bromley’s club website, Woodman said: [I’m] delighted. It’s nice to get a win under our belt, but the message again was a clean sheet.

“I pointed out to the boys, that it was December 2019 since they last kept back to back clean sheets, so that was my message to them ‘can we spin that statistic around?’ They have gone out there and done it. Fair play to them.

Bromley v Dagenham & Redbridge, Vanarama National League, Hayes Lane, 10 April 2021
Bromley v Dagenham & Redbridge, Vanarama National League, Hayes Lane, 10 April 2021

“A team like Dagenham [and Redbrige] are always going to create problems for you. They have big powerful boys up front, and the way they play into them can cause you problems. We knew that and we set up for that and we took our opportunity. Cheeky does what Cheeky does, which was fantastic for us as it relieved the pressure at a good time.

“[In the second half there was] too much pressure at times. I’ve been in teams that have got promoted and won things and you have to show that grit. If you don’t show that grit, just as a starter, you’re not going to win anything.”

Woodman had plenty of praise for Bromley keeper Mark Cousins and highlighted the importance of clean sheets.

“Mark Cousins has been excellent. Being an ex-keeper myself, I apologised to him after the game against Stockport, because I took it as the norm, that that’s what he does.

Bromley v Dagenham & Redbridge, Vanarama National League, Hayes Lane, 10 April 2021
Bromley v Dagenham & Redbridge, Vanarama National League, Hayes Lane, 10 April 2021

It’s nice for me, not to have to worry about Mark Cousins because he just goes about his business and does a solid job for us. He was brilliant and he made a couple of really important stops and just his experience at the back is great for us.

“You could say we rode our luck, we probably did at times. There’s no coincidence now that since I’ve walked in the door, we haven’t been beaten. It’s only early doors I know, but we’ve kept two clean sheets and that’s the real thing I want to build this team on.”

Jack Holland went off through injury and the Ravens boss provided an update on him.

“I think it’s a reoccurrence of his hamstring, so I’m disappointed for Jack. That and Luke [Cousins red card] are probably the disappointments of the day for us.”

Bromley travel to Woking for their next game and Woodman is relishing the challenge.

“[I’m] looking forward to all of them. I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead and I keep saying it, our in house target between the squad, is to concentrate on what we do, and at the moment we are doing that, so that’s good.”

Bromley v Dagenham & Redbridge, Vanarama National League, Hayes Lane, 10 April 2021
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