Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Oliver Hawkins heads up terrific win at York City
PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 November 2016
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Ned Keating provides the player ratings following a 2-0 win at York City in the National League
Dagenham & Redbridge’s forward line looks to be getting back to its heady heights of the early weeks of the season if Saturday’s 2-0 win at York City is anything to go by.
Oliver Hawkins led the line magnificently, constantly posing the Minstermen’s back three problems both in the air and on the floor.
He was aided by an impressive display from Jordan Maguire-Drew, who tricked his way through the backline and grabbed two assists.
There was also a good showing from Luke Guttridge, who displayed glimpses of the form from the start of the season that made him so integral.
Crucially, too, there was a first away clean sheet on the road in six weeks as Daggers closed the gap on leaders Forest Green Rovers.
Elliot Justham (8) – Made some highly impressive saves throughout, including one low down in the first half to deny Robbie McDaid and in the dying moments to keep out Sean Newton’s powerful long-range drive.
Joe Widdowson (6) – The fact that Newton, playing left wing, was York’s best player, speaks volumes as to how uncomfortable the ex-West Ham United trainee looked.
Scott Doe (7) – A no-nonsense approach from the skipper, who cleared any danger as quickly and as far as he could.
Josh Staunton (6.5) – An incident free afternoon for the young defender at Bootham Crescent.
Frankie Raymond (6.5) – Minstermen winger Simon Heslop had a woeful game, meaning the Daggers defender was not tested, though was able to offer himself as an attacking option.
Andre Boucaud (8) – Showed what Daggers had lacked in the last couple of games with a controlled display in midfield as he again set the tempo, though was helped by Scott Heard doing the hard graft alongside him.
Scott Heard (7) – Again resembled an excitable puppy in terms of how he chased the ball, but to his credit was relentless in closing the ball down.
Jordan Maguire-Drew (8) – With two assists to his name, he was desperately unlucky not to add a late goal too. Hopefully this doesn’t prove to be a false dawn and is a welcome return to form.
Luke Guttridge (7.5) – Probably his best display so far since returning from injury, with some nice intricate passing to find the wingers in addition to his goal.
Corey Whitely (6.5) – While those around him fired, he seemed to go missing after a difficult opening 10 minutes where his technique let him down, both in controlling the ball and shooting.
Oliver Hawkins (9) – Turned in the kind of performance that gets you noticed.
His link-up play was splendid, his heading was impressive and the intelligence he showed for his goal by targeting a smaller defender was superb.
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