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Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Old problems haunt new boss in defeat

12:00 18 January 2016

Ricky Holmes wheels away after scoring the second Cobblers goal (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Ricky Holmes wheels away after scoring the second Cobblers goal (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 2-1 defeat at home to Northampton Town

Oliver Muldoon of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Oliver Muldoon of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge went mightily close to inflicting a defeat on League Two form side Northampton Town, but were let down in their quest for a first home win by some familiar problems.

While Daggers took the lead in the 62nd minute through Christian Doidge, they should have been in front before then having been denied by Cobblers keeper Adam Smith or putting good chances off target.

Christian Doidge (left) of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opening goal with Joss Labadie (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Christian Doidge (left) of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opening goal with Joss Labadie (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Then there was the issue of defending restarts with Northampton midfielder John-Joe O’Toole losing his man before bundling a corner in at the back post in the 69th minute.

Ricky Holmes produced a stunning volley 10 minutes later to grab all three points for the visitors, but questions will be asked as to why there was no one closing him down quickly enough.

Oliver Hawkins of Dagenham & Redbridge and Zander Diamond of Northampton Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Oliver Hawkins of Dagenham & Redbridge and Zander Diamond of Northampton Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

There are plenty of positives to take from the match and while games against teams at the top are a bonus, it’s just one point from nine against the top three at home when it could, and perhaps should, have been seven.

Mark Cousins (7) - Some brilliant saves, including one in the second half to deny Nicky Adams’ deflected effort, and could do nothing about wonder strike that won the game.

Clevid Dikamona of Dagenham & Redbridge and Sam Hoskins of Northampton Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Clevid Dikamona of Dagenham & Redbridge and Sam Hoskins of Northampton Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Josh Passley (7) - Rarely troubled in defence so could offer himself as a real attacking outlet and ball into Doidge for goal had all the pace it needed.

Joe Worrall (8) - Impressive again from young loanee. Playing against experienced players like James Collins and Marc Richards, he could easily have been bullied out of game, but stood up to his task well.

Justin Hoyte (7) - Quiet game as the last line of defence, but kept concentration to sweep up when required.

Clevid Dikamona (7.5) - Seems to be getting better with every game at the minute. Played some superb balls from deep that didn’t get the finish from the strikers they deserved.

Ashley Hemmings (6.5) - Like Passley, was allowed to get forward whenever he liked, but deliveries were often wayward.

Andre Boucaud (7.5) - Given what’s gone before this season, extremely impressed by midfielder with a high-pressing display and his passing was top notch too. More of the same please.

Joss Labadie (6) - Possibly still trying to get over the knock suffered at Exeter. Limited at times and poor marking led to Northampton’s equaliser.

Oliver Muldoon (8) - As a holding midfielder, performed superbly with some fantastic tackles and his passing wasn’t too bad either.

Ashley Chambers (6) - On a positive note, at least he got himself into the right positions, but he wasn’t wearing his shooting boots on Saturday.

Christian Doidge (7.5) - Like Chambers, missed a few good chances, but crucially scored and looks to be thriving under Still’s new system.

Substitutes:

Jamie Cureton for Ashley Chambers (82)

Oliver Hawkins for Doidge (82) - Not enough time to make an impact, but good to see new man make his debut

Jodi Jones for Boucaud (85)

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