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Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Fejiri Okenabirhie can be Daggers’ new wing wizard after scorching debut

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 August 2016

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge goes past Neil Ashton of Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge goes past Neil Ashton of Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Benjamin Cohen provides player ratings following the 3-0 at home to Southport

Curtley Williams of Dagenham & Redbridge is fouled in the box by Neil Ashton of Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Curtley Williams of Dagenham & Redbridge is fouled in the box by Neil Ashton of Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge were comfortable as they beat Southport 3-0 in their first match back in the National League after nine seasons playing in the newly rebranded EFL.

Debutant winger Fejiri Okenabirhie put in a man of the match performance as he scored one and assisted another as Southport struggled to cope with his pace and skill.

Okenabirhie may have been fortunate that the ball fell to him in order for him to tap home his first goal for the club.

Luke Guttridge was the happy recipient of Okenabirhie’s cut back following great composure and skill to skip away from two Southport players, to add a second midway through the first half.

Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Jordan Maguire-Drew also found himself on the scoresheet on his league debut for the club, despite having his penalty save during the first half.

Elliot Justham (7) – Calm and composed figure in between the sticks for Daggers and was very rarely called upon during the match.

Curtley Williams (7) – Ran all game long and produced the cross which led to Maguire-Drew’s goal during the second half. Frustrated Southport’s attackers at times too.

Scott Doe (7) – The captain seemed like he was never away following his return to the club after a year with Boreham Wood. Solid at the back as usual.

Craig Robson (7) – Nothing wrong with the new defender’s performance. Was there when he needed to be with no-nonsense clearances. May form a formidable partnership at the back with Doe.

Joe Widdowson (6.5) – A little bit of a quiet performance from the left-back but yet again, he was good when he was called upon which wasn’t often.

Andre Boucaud (6.5) – Passing was good and ran with the ball on numerous occasions. Despite an erratic shot during the second half that bounced out and then back into the stadium, a composed and decent performance from the experienced midfielder.

Matt Robinson (7) – Produced some great tackles and challenges in midfield and was not shy to shoot. Another good performance from another debutant.

Jordan Maguire-Drew (8) – A candidate for man of the match, despite the missed penalty. He continuously ran at Southport’s defence and caused them problems at times. Managed to score as well which was the perfect way to round off an almost perfect debut.

Luke Guttridge (8) – Ran the show in midfield with his passing and intent to go forward. Never one to shy away from a challenge and shows natural leadership qualities with his young teammates. Also scored Dagenham’s second goal of the game which capped a fine performance.

Fejiri Okenabirhie (9) – Only a hat-trick would have propelled this young player to a 10. Scoring a goal and assisting another only told half the story of how well he played. Plenty of skill and intent on show. A very good way to show his new fans what he is capable of.

Oliver Hawkins (8) – Great focal point in attack for Daggers and was able to bring his teammates into the game more and more as it went on. Unfortunate not to get his name on the scoresheet, but a good way to start the season for the striker.

Substitutes:

Christian Assombalonga for Maguire-Drew 68 (7) – Had a couple of chances to add to Dagenham’s tally, but Tyrell Belford remained big in the Sandgrounders’ goal. Another promising player for the forthcoming season.

Josh Staunton for Robinson 76

Frankie Raymond for Guttridge 89

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