Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Luke Guttridge the ace in the hole for Daggers against Cards
PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 August 2016
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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 3-1 National League win at Woking
Dagenham & Redbridge avoided being a flop at the Cards with a scintillating eight-minute first-half hot streak to flush out Woking.
Having spent most of the first 10 minutes defending, Craig Robson nodded Daggers in front in the 11th minute.
Jordan Maguire-Drew followed that five minutes later with a stunning strike at the end of a counter attack, before Fejiri Okenabirhie added a third in the 19th minute.
From there, the Essex club appeared to have a good hand, though nearly let things slip when Anthony Edgard netted for Woking at the start of the second half.
Daggers, though, were resolute enough in the remaining moments to take the pot of three points that were on offer.
And though it was a fourth win in five, few would be bluffed into thinking it was plain sailing after a difficult second half for Daggers
Elliot Justham (7) – Will give the ex-Luton Town stopper the benefit of the doubt with Edgar’s goal as it came through a crowd of players. Another solid showing between the sticks, even if his kicking suffered at times in the wind.
Curtley Williams (6) – A tricky start to the second half as he struggled to cope with the Cards’ attacks down his flank, but regained his composure as the match progressed. Continuing the ‘card’ theme, could say he was acting out of turn after such an impressive start at his new club.
Scott Doe (7) – Woking appeared to target the skipper by firing long balls down his channel for Charlie Penny to chase, but the centre-back was more than up to the task of keeping the striker at bay.
Craig Robson (7.5) – Getting better with every game: was solid at the back for the most part and perhaps could have had more than just the one goal having been such a threat at corners. That said, very fortunate not to concede a penalty for tackling Gozie Ugwu from behind in stoppage time.
Joe Widdowson (7) – Does what he does on the left and gets on with the game. Struggled to get forward as much as he would have liked after the break, but still another competent showing.
Andre Boucaud (7) – Continues to impress at the base of the midfield this season, with his ability to set the tempo helping Daggers control games.
Matt Robinson (7.5) – Really unfortunate not to score his first Daggers goal with a couple of scorching efforts and looks to be forming a good partnership with Boucaud.
Jordan Maguire-Drew (8) – When the teenager gets the ball at his feet, it surely terrifies defenders. The finish for his goal was exquisite and the Brighton & Hove Albion loanee looks set for a bright career.
Luke Guttridge (8) – After three assists against the Cards, some might say he was an ace in the hole. Has had a hand in six of Daggers’ nine league goals so far, so the key to a successful season could well be keeping the former Hatters playmaker fit.
Fejiri Okenabirhie (7.5) – Another to miss a penalty for Daggers, but full of running throughout and is tireless on the wing, running as fast in the last minute as he did in the first.
Paul Benson (7.5) – Great to see him start a game for Daggers six years on from last doing so and gave it everything in attack. All that was missing from the afternoon at Kingfield Stadium was a goal for the evergreen attacker.
Corey Whitely for Maguire-Drew 72 (7.5) – We’ve had to wait see the ex-Enfield Town forward in action, but his first ever touch for Daggers was stunning, effortlessly controlling a long ball forward before turning his man. A fellow journalist in the press box commented that “Whitely looked spritely”, which neatly sums up his cameo.
Josh Staunton for Guttridge 79.