Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Joe Widdowson right-back where he belongs after good performance at Forest Green Rovers
PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 October 2016
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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 1-1 National League draw at Forest Green Rovers
Joe Widdowson may well have become Dagenham & Redbridge’s first-choice right-back after a cracking display away to Forest Green Rovers in the National League.
Having spent much of his career on the left, an injury to Curtley Williams has seen the former West Ham United trainee moved to the other flank in recent weeks.
Widdowson set up Oliver Hawkins for Daggers’ equaliser with a delightful ball from the right which the ex-Hemel Hempstead Town man nodded in to cancel out Rhys Murphy’s earlier strike.
His work in defence too was equally solid and the 27-year-old offered some much-needed experience at the back.
Williams is understood to be nearing a return from his knee injury in the coming weeks, but with Widdowson in this form, he may struggle to regain his place.
Elliot Justham (8) – The ex-Luton Town stopper was inspired once again, pulling off a couple of tremendous saves to deny Murphy in the first half.
Joe Widdowson (8.5) – Easily his best game of the season, both in attack and defence, and the cross for Hawkins’ goal was sublime.
Scott Doe (8) – Marshalled the defence as splendidly as ever and covered well to smother both Christian Doidge and Murphy.
Josh Staunton (7) – Difficult to ignore the controversy over whether he handled the ball in the first half, but also wasn’t as imposing as he has been in the air.
Frankie Raymond (8) – Forest Green’s lack of wingers allowed the full-backs more freedom to roam forward, which the ex-Reading trainee gladly took and delivered some lovely crosses.
Matt Robinson (8) – The former Luton Town man’s work rate on Saturday was utterly tremendous, which was typified by a lung-busting run in the first half to get back and block a Murphy shot. That said, still a little slow in passing the ball.
Andre Boucaud (7.5) – Was able to set the tempo in midfield and did not allow either Liam Noble or Darren Carter much time on the ball.
Jordan Maguire-Drew (6) – Struggled to make an impact on the game before being replaced at half-time, though boss John Still later revealed he was a doubt for the match.
Luke Guttridge (6) – In fairness, it was his first game for two months, so it should not come as a surprise he was not as influential as he was in August.
Corey Whitely (6.5) – Began and ended spritely, but seemed to get lost in the middle part of the match.
Oliver Hawkins (8) – Headed home ever so well and competed well in all of his aerial duels, but would be further aided if the wingers actually crossed rather than cut inside every time.
Sam Ling for Maguire-Drew 46 (6.5) – Played competently in a more advanced role, but his touch let him down when through on goal shortly after Murphy scored.
Paul Benson for Guttridge 75 (6.5) – Offered Hawkins some much-needed support in attack and also got some important minutes following injury.