Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Ifs, buts and maybes after narrow loss

13:30 21 March 2016

Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Liam O

Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Liam O'Brien will miss the Portsmouth game after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken toe (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 1-0 loss at home to Accrington Stanley

Dominic Hyam of Dagenham & Redbridge and Billy Kee of Accrington Stanley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Dominic Hyam of Dagenham & Redbridge and Billy Kee of Accrington Stanley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

We’ve been here before this season — Dagenham & Redbridge put in a brave performance at home to a side in the top seven, but don’t do enough to win.

Against Oxford United in November, it took an 85th-minute free kick from Kemar Roofe to split the sides; Plymouth needed an equaliser in the dying seconds to draw; and Northampton Town had to come from a goal down to triumph at Victoria Road in January.

Christian Doidge of Dagenham & Redbridge and Tom Davies and Brad Halliday of Accrington Stanley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Christian Doidge of Dagenham & Redbridge and Tom Davies and Brad Halliday of Accrington Stanley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

On Saturday, it was Accrington Stanley who were pushed hard by a Daggers team at the opposite end of the table, and the hosts had the best chances in the first half, but failed to take them.

The second half was a much closer affair and when it seemed to be heading for a draw, Stanley snatched a late win after a Daggers attack broke down.

If they had taken their chances, Daggers may have won, but they didn’t and conceded late on, though maybe one or two players could have done more to defend the build-up to Kee’s goal.

Liam O’Brien (6.5) - Keeper will be more disappointed than most not to have kept a clean sheet because he was not overly worked by Accrington on a regular basis. Made some good saves and was very vocal too.

Justin Hoyte (5) - Watching the Stanley goal back, must say I’m a little disappointed with the right back. Yes, Daggers were right to press forward in search of a winner themselves, but if Hoyte did more than a slow jog back, he would have been in position to put pressure on Shay McCartan and may have stopped the pass to Kee.

Joe Worrall (6) - Like O’Brien, wasn’t tested too often by an Accrington side who only ever really looked threatening on the break.

Dom Hyam (5) - The young defender’s distribution from the back left a lot to be desired and gifted Stanley a few more chances that they perhaps should have taken.

Joe Widdowson (6) - With Josh Windass and Matty Crooks out, Piero Mingoia was always likely to be the visitors’ main threat, but the left back coped well with the former Watford winger.

Josh Passley (6.5) - Offered himself as an outlet in attack and backed up Hoyte well in defence when required. He could have been a bit more accurate with crosses at times, but that was the only blip in another good display at right midfield.

Joss Labadie (5) - It’s not often that I’ve been disappointed by the skipper this season, but after giving the ball away in the build-up to the only goal, he should have been doing more to get back to defend.

Oliver Muldoon (6) - Doesn’t seem to be the player he was when marauding around the pitch with his blue headband on and had a quiet enough afternoon.

Matty Cash (6.5) - So often this season, players have looked frightened of doing something in the final third, but the young loanee was never afraid to try. Things may not have come off, but that didn’t stop him from going again which was pleasing to see.

Christian Doidge (6) - Put himself about well and won his fair share of headers, but missed a good chance in the first half after good play from Jamie Cureton.

Jamie Cureton (6) - We’ll address this head on — yes it was a bad miss, but his overall work in attack was good and helped Daggers pose more of a threat than they have recently.


Matt McClure for Cureton 68 (6) - Gave the attack a much-needed burst of pace and, like Cash, wanted to try things so not a bad little cameo from the striker.

Ashley Chambers for Cash 78

Oliver Hawkins for Passley 87

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