Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: Reasons for optimism after point at Magpies
12:30 02 March 2016
©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468
Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 0-0 draw at Notts County
Dagenham & Redbridge’s bid to remain in League Two may just have spluttered into life at the right time following a battling display in a goalless draw at Notts County.
There were times when the visitors were under the cosh, but the defence coped well with keeper Liam O’Brien impressing throughout to record just the club’s third clean sheet of the season.
In attack too, there were moments when Daggers looked dangerous, even hitting the crossbar twice in the closing minutes, but they just couldn’t find a way past Scott Loach in the home goal.
Nevertheless, it was a performance full of promise from the east Londoners and they need to ensure it is not wasted when they host York City on Saturday.
Liam O’Brien (8) - Do not think I will ever get my head around how he pulled off a simply stunning save to deny Jon Stead early on. If that had gone in, Daggers may well have gone on to lose. Another top display from a top goalkeeper who is enjoying his return to the starting XI.
Josh Passley (7) - From an attacking point of view, a joy to behold. His deliveries were exquisite and his performance when pushed up to right midfield should see him start there on Saturday. Having said that, very fortunate that early indecision to not clear a ball for Jason Banton did not result in a penalty for the hosts.
Joe Worrall (7) - Being a Nottingham Forest academy graduate, probably expected a much tougher night than he had. No hostility from the crowd towards him and dealt well with anything that came his way.
Dom Hyam (7) - Like Worrall alongside him, coped admirably with the aerial threat posed by the Magpies. Both young centre backs will definitely have learnt from the experience of marking seasoned strikers like Jon Stead and Izale McLeod.
Joe Widdowson (6.5) - One or two inaccurate crosses when in a good position, but other than that did not have too much to do on a fairly quiet night for the left back.
Joss Labadie (6.5) - Again, a solid display from the skipper who seemed extra-determined against one of his former clubs, although he did seem to flag a little after the hour mark.
Matt Richards (6.5) - We have to understand it may take a few weeks more before we start seeing the best from the midfielder after such a lengthy lay-off. He grew into the game at Meadow Lane and was mightily unlucky not to score with a superb late free kick. Very lucky not to have conceded an early penalty after tripping Ronan Murray in the box.
Oliver Muldoon (7) - Appeared to be charged with being the attacking outlet in the midfield three and bombed forward with aplomb. On-loan Charlton Athletic man went off in the second half with a nasty looking head injury after an aerial clash, so let’s hope its nothing too serious.
Ashley Chambers (7) - Fair play to the birthday boy, tried hard out wide and had a couple of good efforts, including hitting the bar late on, but sometimes the ball needed to be played earlier. Gets an extra half a mark, though, for backing up Christian Doidge after the Welshman was harangued by home defenders early on.
Christian Doidge (6.5) - In the words of his manager, the striker “worked his socks off”, but perhaps should have done better with some of his efforts. Another who was unlucky not to score after forcing an unreal save from Loach.
Ashley Hemmings (7) - Good deliveries when out wide and not frightened to take a shot from a central position. At times he showed what team have been missing in recent weeks.
Justin Hoyte for Muldoon 65 (7) - The only replacement to come on for visitors, but did well at right back with Passley pushing on. Trindiad international did his chances of starting on Saturday no harm at all.