Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Can we just forget Saturday?
09:30 15 February 2016
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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 2-0 defeat at home to Barnet
Manager John Still labelled Dagenham & Redbridge’s display on Saturday as the worst of his third spell in charge and rightly so after they slumped to a 2-0 defeat with little more than a whimper.
The ease with which Luke Gambin waltzed through Daggers’ defence for the first goal in the 24th minute set the tone for the match in which the hosts were desperately disappointing.
Barnet’s second was equally as bad with centre back Michael Nelson running in at the back post in the 71st minute to slot home without any challenge whatsoever.
Perhaps the only positive we can take from the defeat is that Dagenham are now the strongest team in the Football League — they’re propping up everyone else in 92nd place.
Mark Cousins (7) - His performance on Saturday reminded me of a few from Liam O’Brien this season in that it could have easily been six or seven, but for some stunning saves. Yes, he was beaten at his near post twice, but defence far more at fault for both goals.
Justin Hoyte (6) - Offered himself well as an attacking outlet, but questions have to be asked of him, along with Oliver Hawkins, as to who was marking Nelson for Barnet’s second. Simply unacceptable that a centre back is unmarked in the opposition box, even if it’s a few phases after a set piece.
Joe Worrall (5) - Regardless of age or experience, defending for first goal was woeful. He almost looked frightened of Gambin. Shame because after a bright start to Daggers career, looks to have slipped in recent weeks.
Dom Hyam (5.5) - Very, very lucky that John Akinde could not finish off the chance after his inability to control a football almost led to Barnet’s third. Both he and Worrall would do better with an experienced head alongside them. Clevid Dikamona is waiting in the wings.
Joe Widdowson (6) - Better than Tuesday, but still not enough to convince me of his starting berth. Chris Hackett was allowed to whip cross after cross in from the right. More displays like this and Jack Connors may soon get another chance.
Andre Boucaud (5.5) - I’m being serious when I say this, but I struggled to remember him being on the pitch on Saturday. Positive must be that he cannot have done anything too horrendous then.
Oliver Muldoon (6) - Like Worrall, seems to have dropped from the heights of his opening few games as a Dagger. Struggled to get on top in the midfield battle and couldn’t find any incisive balls forward.
Frankie Raymond (6) - A similar description to Muldoon. Daggers played four central midfielders and still failed to get a foothold in the middle of the park, which is a worry.
Joss Labadie (6.5) - A return to a more advanced role for the skipper, but at times he seemed to be used more as a target man despite the presence of Hawkins. Brave and committed as always, but the tactics prevented him from offering more.
Oliver Hawkins (6) - First start for the new signing and at times it told. Still a very raw talent and still learning what it takes to be a Football League player. Offers that aerial threat, but beaten to the ball too often for my liking and may well have been at fault for Barnet’s second.
Jamie Cureton (6) - Saturday was the story of his season: chances were few and far between, and the ones he did have he couldn’t find the net with. Must be extremely frustrating for the frontman, but he has to find a way of taking it out on the opposition.
Jodi Jones for Muldoon 56 (6.5) - Energetic cameo from the youngster including a brilliant run that almost ended in a goal. Needs more like this not only for Daggers’ sake, but also for his.
Ashley Chambers for Boucaud 64 (6) - Struggled to make an impact coming on on the left flank and could not advance his claims for a starting berth.
Christian Doidge for Cureton 71 (6) - The Welshman gave it his all again and was probably better in the air than Hawkins despite giving away a fair few inches in height.