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Lock says hard work the key as Magpies prepare for trip to Dagenham & Redbridge

Maidenhead United’s new-look side are still waiting for their first point of the season, but assistant manager Sam Lock says the squad is ‘desperate’ to put that right.

The Magpies followed up their opening day defeat at home to Gateshead with a 1-0 loss away at Solihull Moors on Tuesday.

The opening two fixtures have seen the likes of Ayo Obileye, Ryan Bird and 19-year-old Josh Kelly make their National League debuts for the club.

And Lock told the Advertiser that the side still need time to gel following a busy summer at York Road.

Lock said: “We started very positively (on Tuesday) and we’re all together and desperate to get things going and get points on the board.

“At the moment we’ve brought in a lot of new players and it’s taken a bit of time to gel.

“We need a bit of luck to get things going, whether that’s a ball going in off someone’s back or knee.”

Adi Yussuf’s first-half strike was enough to settle the contest at the catchily named Automated Technology Group Stadium on Tuesday.

Lock added that the squad were ‘devastated’ at the result and paid tribute to the loyal band of fans who stayed behind after the match to show their support for the side.

“It does hurt the players and they realise that they need to get the points on the board and reward the fans that are travelling long distances to support the team,” he said.

The defeat leaves the Magpies at the foot of the National League table, albeit having only played two games.

 Alan Devonshire’s side now face a trip to East London on Saturday to face a Dagenham & Redbridge outfit that underwent significant upheaval in the summer as boss John Still was replaced by former England under-21 manager Peter Taylor.

Lock said: “Everyone knows that anyone can beat anyone on their day in this division.

“It’s just two games and over the course of the season that won’t affect what we do.

“I do feel three points are around the corner, but we need to work out nuts off and run ourselves into the ground.”

He added: “What people realise is we have a very experienced manager who knows how a second season can be at this level.”


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