Search

Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Can we just forget Saturday?

09:30 15 February 2016

Joe Widdowson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Joe Widdowson of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 2-0 defeat at home to Barnet

Andre Boucaud of Dagenham & Redbridge and Curtis Weston of Barnet (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Andre Boucaud of Dagenham & Redbridge and Curtis Weston of Barnet (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Manager John Still labelled Dagenham & Redbridge’s display on Saturday as the worst of his third spell in charge and rightly so after they slumped to a 2-0 defeat with little more than a whimper.

The ease with which Luke Gambin waltzed through Daggers’ defence for the first goal in the 24th minute set the tone for the match in which the hosts were desperately disappointing.

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Barnet’s second was equally as bad with centre back Michael Nelson running in at the back post in the 71st minute to slot home without any challenge whatsoever.

Perhaps the only positive we can take from the defeat is that Dagenham are now the strongest team in the Football League — they’re propping up everyone else in 92nd place.

Mark Cousins (7) - His performance on Saturday reminded me of a few from Liam O’Brien this season in that it could have easily been six or seven, but for some stunning saves. Yes, he was beaten at his near post twice, but defence far more at fault for both goals.

Justin Hoyte (6) - Offered himself well as an attacking outlet, but questions have to be asked of him, along with Oliver Hawkins, as to who was marking Nelson for Barnet’s second. Simply unacceptable that a centre back is unmarked in the opposition box, even if it’s a few phases after a set piece.

Joe Worrall (5) - Regardless of age or experience, defending for first goal was woeful. He almost looked frightened of Gambin. Shame because after a bright start to Daggers career, looks to have slipped in recent weeks.

Dom Hyam (5.5) - Very, very lucky that John Akinde could not finish off the chance after his inability to control a football almost led to Barnet’s third. Both he and Worrall would do better with an experienced head alongside them. Clevid Dikamona is waiting in the wings.

Joe Widdowson (6) - Better than Tuesday, but still not enough to convince me of his starting berth. Chris Hackett was allowed to whip cross after cross in from the right. More displays like this and Jack Connors may soon get another chance.

Andre Boucaud (5.5) - I’m being serious when I say this, but I struggled to remember him being on the pitch on Saturday. Positive must be that he cannot have done anything too horrendous then.

Oliver Muldoon (6) - Like Worrall, seems to have dropped from the heights of his opening few games as a Dagger. Struggled to get on top in the midfield battle and couldn’t find any incisive balls forward.

Frankie Raymond (6) - A similar description to Muldoon. Daggers played four central midfielders and still failed to get a foothold in the middle of the park, which is a worry.

Joss Labadie (6.5) - A return to a more advanced role for the skipper, but at times he seemed to be used more as a target man despite the presence of Hawkins. Brave and committed as always, but the tactics prevented him from offering more.

Oliver Hawkins (6) - First start for the new signing and at times it told. Still a very raw talent and still learning what it takes to be a Football League player. Offers that aerial threat, but beaten to the ball too often for my liking and may well have been at fault for Barnet’s second.

Jamie Cureton (6) - Saturday was the story of his season: chances were few and far between, and the ones he did have he couldn’t find the net with. Must be extremely frustrating for the frontman, but he has to find a way of taking it out on the opposition.

Subs:

Jodi Jones for Muldoon 56 (6.5) - Energetic cameo from the youngster including a brilliant run that almost ended in a goal. Needs more like this not only for Daggers’ sake, but also for his.

Ashley Chambers for Boucaud 64 (6) - Struggled to make an impact coming on on the left flank and could not advance his claims for a starting berth.

Christian Doidge for Cureton 71 (6) - The Welshman gave it his all again and was probably better in the air than Hawkins despite giving away a fair few inches in height.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

Yesterday, 21:35
The Essex squad pose in their NatWest T20 Blast kit at Chelmsford (pic: PA)

Rain cannot dampen Ravi’s mood too much

Yesterday, 17:00
Upminster celebrate getting a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Young team bounced back from defeat at Hadleigh on July 16 to earn impressive victory at promotion rivals Southend last weekend

Yesterday, 16:00
Hornchurch's Tom Moore (left) looks on with team mate Marc Whitlock. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Tom Moore’s partnership with last man Marc Whitlock nearly got the 2015 Division One champions another win on Saturday

Yesterday, 15:00
Harold Wood skipper Richard Brabner (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Both sides looking for key points in race for promotion

Yesterday, 14:00
George Purcell in action for Hornchurch. Pic: MARK HODSMAN/TGS PHOTO

Ryman North club have scored nine times in five pre-season matches so far this summer and have two more coming up in the next few days

Yesterday, 13:00
Craig Robson of Dagenham & Redbridge challenges Leyton Orient's Ollie Palmer for the ball (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers centre back excited to get going after joining from Bognor Regis Town

Yesterday, 12:00
Michael Gooch has left Romford to join Ryman North rivals Cheshunt. Pic: George Philipou/TGS Photo

Boro stopper thanks club on Twitter after move is confirmed

Members of the Lashings All Stars face the camera with local youngsters at Hornchurch

Crowd treated to some entertaining T20 action

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now