Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: No Andre Boucaud, no party
PUBLISHED: 10:30 30 August 2016
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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 1-0 loss away to Sutton United
What a difference a year makes – this time last season, I was calling for Andre Boucaud to be dropped in my player ratings; now, he is a vital part of the team.
The midfielder was absent form Monday’s 1-0 loss at Sutton United having been called up by Trinidad & Tobago, and boy, was he missed.
Daggers fell behind to an 11th-minute goal from Bradley Hudson-Odoi and were unable to find a route back into the match, partially because the midfield struggled.
Against Wrexham on Saturday, Boucaud was a man possessed and Daggers missed his intensity at the U’s.
And with the former Reading youngster all set to miss Saturday’s clash at home to Boreham Wood, the Victoria Road club need to find an able replacement.
Elliot Justham (6) – The ex-Luton Town stopper was not tested too often despite conceding, with Sutton creating few clear cut chances.
Josh Staunton (5.5) – Endured a more difficult afternoon than Saturday and was partially at fault for the game’s only goal.
Scott Doe (6) – A breakdown in communications between the skipper and Staunton led to Hudson-Odoi’s strike, but was not helped by referee throughout.
Craig Robson (6.5) – Of the two centre-backs, the former Bognor Regis Town man performed better and appeared to be enjoying physical battle with U’s.
Joe Widdowson (5) – The ex-West Ham United youngster was given the runaround by Hudson-Odoi and allowed Sutton to get under his skin.
Matt Robinson (7) – Without Boucaud, was forced to do the job of two in the middle of the pitch, and credit to him, he never stopped going.
Frankie Raymond (5) – I’m a big fan of the ex-Reading trainee, but he fluffed his audition for the role big time. It was a chance for the 23-year-old to show boss John Still why he should be starting, and he didn’t take it. He was overrun in midfield and his passes were misplaced too often. A shame because there is a real chance he could drop out for Leo Donnellan against Boreham Wood.
Jordan Maguire-Drew (6) – Having an effort in the first half cleared off the line summed up the young wingers’ day, and that of Daggers too – close, but not close enough.
Corey Whitely (5.5) – After performing so well of the bench against Wrexham, much was expected of the ex-Enfield Town attacker, but he never got going at Gander Green Lane.
Fejiri Okenabirhie (6) – The ex-Arsenal youngster appeared to enjoy the aerial battle with Simon Downer, but struggled to be as effective as he would have liked.
Oliver Hawkins (5.5) – The tall striker was another not helped by a poor official, but did miss two guilt-edged chances in either half.
Luke Guttridge for Okenabirhie 60 (6) – Didn’t really have a chance to impose himself on the game before injury forced him off with five minutes to go.
Paul Benson for Hawkins 80
Chris Assombalonga for Whitely 83