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Devonshire: United got the 'monkey off their backs' after first home win since January

Alan Devonshire was pleased to see Maidenhead United ‘get the monkey off their back’ after they picked up their first victory at York Road in eight games.

Tuesday night’s 2-1 win against Dagenham & Redbridge was the Magpies’ first on home soil since they beat Eastleigh 2-0 back in January with ex-Magpie Danny Whitehall scoring a brace.

Having been a goal behind to the Daggers at the break, Devonshire’s side looked destined to continue the run of misfortune. But the Maidenhead boss was delighted to see his side come out with a point to prove in the second half.

“They scored a worldie just before half time and we could easily have buckled,” said Devonshire.

“But I said to the boys at the break that they had nothing to fear and we should go after them in the second half. I’m pleased for Bliss (Nathan Blissett) as he’s got himself on the scoresheet and (Josh) Coley was really good aswell.

“To get the monkey off our back here was great because people know we haven’t won at home since the start of this year but we haven’t played many games since then. But listen, we’ve won today and we can now look forward to Solihull Moors on Saturday full of confidence and have a right go.”

Blissett and Coley were on target for the Magpies and while the latter should receive the plaudits for spearheading the hosts to all three points, Devonshire had praise for the whole team who go ninth in the table following the victory.

“I felt we were outstanding all throughout,” added Devonshire. “I thought the back four were good, and the midfield put in a shift. Taye (Ashby-Hammond) hasn’t had a lot to do.

“We got in some good areas, put in some good crosses and Coley has had a hand in both goals. I suppose you’ve got to look at him as the main one because he’s made a goal and scored a goal but at the end of the day, it was a good team effort and we’ve set ourselves a good standard now.”

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