Dagenham & Redbridge awards: Goalkeeper Liam O’Brien has best average rating ahead of stopper Mark Cousins and striker Christian Doidge
PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 June 2016
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After a difficult season, youngster named top performer according to post-match ratings
With the football awards season well and truly underway, it seems only fair to dish some out for Dagenham & Redbridge, even after such a disastrous campaign.
Kicking proceedings off is the player of the season category, which is decided by the average ratings over the course of the campaign
Joss Labadie, Liam O’Brien and Josh Passley finished first, second and third for the award voted for by season ticket holders.
However, while there was a clear winner of this award, it’s fair to say it differs significantly from how the season ticket holders voted.
Players eligible for this award must have played at least 20 games this season and had a permanent deal with Daggers at some point.
Liam O’Brien (Average Rating: 6.85) – There are so many games this season when the opposition could have scored a load more than they did, only for the keeper. His reinstatement to the starting XI after just three league games was met with some consternation, but his early showings soon allayed any fears. His run of form between September and October was arguably the best from any Dagger this season, though he wasn’t too bad in March either. A shame to see him go, but there will surely be interest in his services from Football League clubs. Man of the Match (8): Newport County (h), Barnet (a), Notts County (h), Mansfield Town (h), Accrington Stanley (a), Mansfield Town (a), Notts County (a), Accrington Stanley (h) Best game: Notts County (h) – “The stopper is on top form at the minute. He made a vital save to deny Adam Campbell a second strike, which was made more important by Jodi Jones’ goal minute later. The penalty save was the cherry on top. The Dagger of month for September and by some distance.”
Mark Cousins (6.73) – It says a lot about the season Daggers have had that first and second place in my average rating awards go to the two goalkeepers. Like O’Brien, there were far too many occasions when the former Colchester United man saved the Victoria Road outfit from a hiding. Was always going to be a difficult choice for John Still over which keeper to retain, but hopefully is experience shines through for Daggers in the National League nest season. Man of the Match (4): Cambridge United (a), Barnet (h), AFC Wimbledon (h), Bristol Rovers (a) Best game: Bristol Rovers (a) – “Even one of the Rovers fans appeared on the BBC’s 606 programme after the game to describe the former Colchester United keeper’s display as a ‘worldie’. Shame he was beaten at the death, but if he’d hung on, he’d have had free drinks for life in Accrington.”
Christian Doidge (6.70) – Such a hard-working, honest individual for Daggers who always puts a shift in up top; just a shame he was unable to add more goals to his game this season. Quite why he was ditched for over two months by former boss Wayne Burnett is still beyond me, especially given it was in favour of Kyle Vassell. Came back strongly from that and looks to have grown in confidence since John Still took charge. Man of the Match (5): Leyton Orient (h), Carlisle United (a), Newport County (a), Portsmouth (h), Crawley Town (h)
Best game: Crawley Town (h) – “Probably his best performance of the season, he won his battle with Reds centre back Joe McNerney, took his first goal brilliantly and his display deserved the fortune for his second. A man Daggers desperately need to keep a hold of.”
Others: Joss Labadie (6.56); Ashley Hemmings (6.41); Clevid Dikamona (6.40); Jodi Jones (6.39); Josh Passley (6.38); Jamie Cureton (6.31); Matt McClure (6.26); Justin Hoyte (6.24); Ashley Chambers (6.10); Kane Ferdinand (6.07); Oliver Hawkins (6.05); Andre Boucaud (6.00); Joe Widdowson (5.98).
And for anyone who’s interested, here’s the breakdown of the monthly awards:
August – Jodi Jones
September – Liam O’Brien
October – Liam O’Brien
November – Joss Labadie
December – Joss Labadie
January – Christian Doidge
February – Mark Cousins
March – Liam O’Brien
April – Christian Doidge