Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Honeymoon over for Still
11:30 25 January 2016
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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 2-2 draw at Newport County
It’s often said managers enjoy someting of a honeymoon period when they join a new club, but that time looks to be over for Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still after a 2-2 draw at Newport County.
Daggers took the lead inside 48 seconds when Christian Doidge on his return to Wales, with Joe Worrall doubling the visitors’ advantage five minutes later.
But that was about as good as it got for the east Londoners who spent most of the remaining 84 minutes on the back foot.
The pressure finally told when the visitors conceded twice in the final 10 minutes, first to Jean-Christophe Ayina before Conor Wilkinson scored the equaliser.
While the result was frustrating, the performance was more so and was probably the worst of Still’s third term in charge so far so it’s probably for the best that they now have a two week break.
Mark Cousins (6.5) - Made some cracking saves in the second half and could do nothing about the first, but spilled Alex Rodman’s powerful effort into the path of Wilkinson who scored County’s equaliser.
Josh Passley (6) - Could have cleared the ball better in build-up to Ayina’s goal which deflected in off of him and struggled to deal with Ben Davies on left flank, but more involved as an attacking outlet than in recent games.
Joe Worrall (7) - Great header for second goal and another solid display in difficult conditions at Rodney Parade. The on-loan defender continues to impress week on week.
Justin Hoyte (7) - Probably the most active he’s had to be as a sweeper, but read the game well as always and looks an assured presence as the last line of defence.
Clevid Dikamona (6.5) - No rampaging runs forward from the back like we have seen in recent weeks and should have tracked Wilkinson better for equaliser, but another solid showing on the whole.
Ashley Hemmings (6) - Like Passley, struggled to cope defensively with Danny Holmes getting in far too many crosses, but delivery for Worrall’s goal was impressive.
Andre Boucaud (6) - Not as impressive as last week with his harrying in particular lacking and could be under pressure for starting berth following Luke Guttridge’s arrival.
Joss Labadie (6) - Another quiet afternoon from the skipper, hopefully the break helps him recharge as Daggers need him to hit heights from earlier in the season to survive.
Oliver Muldoon (7) - Like Worrall, has been an asset to the team since joining on loan. His reading of the game was particularly impressive and helped to tee up Doidge for the opener.
Ashley Chambers (6) - Another who didn’t seem to get involved too much at Rodney Parade and as such could find his spot under pressure.
Christian Doidge (7) - The Welshman is loving every second of his run in the starting XI and would have no doubt enjoyed his well-taken goal against his hometown club.
Oliver Hawkins for Doidge 71 (6.5) - Never got the chance to show himself up front, but if all else fails he can do a job at the back as he cleared several corners brilliantly with towering headers.
Luke Guttridge for Boucaud 89 - Not enough time to make an impact, but sure he’ll have a growing role with the club in the coming weeks.