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Dagenham & Redbridge blog: Forget the result, Everton match was a brilliant day

09:30 14 January 2016

The view from the away end where Daggers fans were housed at Goodison Park (pic: Daniel Law)

The view from the away end where Daggers fans were housed at Goodison Park (pic: Daniel Law)

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Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2015-16 season

The Park End Stand which Daggers defended during the first half ay Goodison Park (pic: Daniel Law)The Park End Stand which Daggers defended during the first half ay Goodison Park (pic: Daniel Law)

Over 1,800 Dagenham and Redbridge supporters travelled up to Goodison Park last Saturday for a day that will be remembered by all for a long time to come.

Daggers were massive underdogs for the FA Cup third round tie against Premier League side Everton, and no wonder. Going into the game there was a difference almost 80 places between the two teams in the league pyramid.

John Still conducted one of his famous huddles at the end of the match in front of the Daggers fans (pic: Daniel Law)John Still conducted one of his famous huddles at the end of the match in front of the Daggers fans (pic: Daniel Law)

Dagenham did not let that get to them as they managed to come away from the tie with just a 2-0 defeat. A more than respectable result against a very experienced Toffees team that included the likes of Phil Jagielka, Aaron Lennon, Kevin Mirallas and Arouna Koné. The hosts also had the back-up options of Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu on the bench, but neither came on.

Although Daggers failed to manage a shot on target for the entirety of the game, John Still’s team played some very good passing football, which at times did cause the Everton defence some problems.

The Daggers fans were in good voice throughout on their trip to Goodison Park (pic: Daniel Law)The Daggers fans were in good voice throughout on their trip to Goodison Park (pic: Daniel Law)

Nevertheless Everton piled on the pressure, with Ramiro Funes Mori forcing Mark Cousins into a wonderful flying save to deny the Argentinean. And the inevitable Everton goal finally came in the 32nd minute through Koné. The Ivorian leaped highest at the back post to hold off the challenge of Christian Doidge from a nicely flighted free-kick from Brian Oviedo.

Daggers were then completely on the back foot in the second half, just about managing to keep their hosts out. But in the 85th minute, with Dagenham’s players completely exhausted from the fantastic shift they had put in, Nyron Nosworthy carelessly brought down Mirallas. The Belgian picked himself up to convert the penalty himself, doubling Everton’s lead.

Despite the defeat Daggers can take a lot of positives out of this match. The first being limiting a Premier League team to just two goals, the second being a better passing outfit compared to the old long ball technique, and the third to give a lot of effort in a match rather than being lazy.

This weekend’s game against Northampton is John Still’s first home game back in-charge of Dagenham and Redbridge, and it couldn’t be a harder home game. The Cobblers beat first placed Plymouth at Home Park on Tuesday night, meaning they go into Saturday’s game in second place, only being kept off top spot by goal difference.

New Year, new manager, hopefully a home win. Come on Dagenham!

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