Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Luke Guttridge pulls strings for Daggers against Imps
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 August 2016
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Benjamin Cohen provides player ratings following the 1-0 win over Lincoln City
Luke Guttridge was a midfield marvel for Dagenham & Redbridge as his second goal in as many home matches saw them past Lincoln City in the National League.
The playmaker’s goal midway through the first half proved enough to hold off the visitors despite a spirited effort after the break.
Fejiri Okenabirhie put in another solid performance down the wing as he looks set to play an essential role in the new-look Daggers squad.
The new arrivals seemed to have bedded in well which was needed as they had to defend doggedly to come away with the spoils
Elliot Justham (7.5) – Produced a string of fine and important saves during the game to save his defences’ blushes. Looks comfortable in coming for the ball and collecting with relative ease. In the end, his composure as well as his saves were vital in maintaining a third clean sheet in four games.
Curtley Williams (7) – Continued to run up and down the right wing for the Daggers and was resolute in defence at times. Another solid performance from the full-back who spent much time in the opposition half during the first 45 minutes.
Scott Doe (7) – One or two nervy moments during the first half, including a weak header back to Justham which nearly gave the visitors the lead. Improved immensely in the second half and was paramount in the Daggers holding on to their lead.
Craig Robson (7) – A couple of wayward clearances, but apart from that it was a good performance at the heart of the Daggers defence. Tried to prove his worth in the opposition box too, as he forced a save from Paul Farman late on.
Joe Widdowson (7) – A consistent performer on the left. Cleared the ball when he needed to, tackled when he needed to, ran with the ball when he needed to. A solid game from the left-back.
Andre Boucaud (7) – Slowly, but surely improving his performances in midfield. Got caught in possession on a couple of occasions, but for the most part he looked comfortable and showed energy. On a slightly sour note, his scything tackle during the first half was very late and could have been more than just a caution.
Matt Robinson (6.5) – A poor first half from the young midfielder with too many blind passes and mishit clearances. Improved in the second half, especially with his passing and even tried a shot from outside of the box from Guttridge’s lay-off, which went a long way wide, unfortunately.
Chris Assombalonga (7.5) – What he lacks in technical ability, he makes up for in determination, intent and desire to get the team on the front foot. Had attempts during the game which came close, but a real live-wire.
Luke Guttridge (8.5) – A man-of-the-match performance by the elder statesman in midfield whose goal was the difference between the two sides. Took it very coolly and won the majority of challenges with Lincoln’s defenders.
Fejiri Okenabirhie (7.5) – Not as influential as he was during the first home game of the season but influential nonetheless. During the first half, he ran Lincoln’s defence ragged, showing a lot of pace and intent and tried his luck from 25 yards out early on. Didn’t see much of the ball second half, though, but based on his season so far, he’s potentially a Daggers star in the making.
Oliver Hawkins (8) – A candidate for man of the match. Proved a pivotal figure in the Daggers attack and was not afraid to lead from the front, chasing down Paul Farman in the Lincoln goal on numerous occasions. Only improvement would be his goal-scoring record. Had a couple of real chances, but couldn’t find the target with either of them.
Josh Staunton for Assombalonga 71 (7) – Put his foot in to break up Lincoln’s counter on a couple of occasions and cleared the ball when under the cosh at the back, but didn’t see enough of the ball.
Paul Benson for Hawkins 86