Dagenham & Redbridge ratings: Muldoon shows he is a Dagger
14:30 07 March 2016
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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 1-0 win at home to York City
After 315 days, Dagenham & Redbridge finally won at home at the 20th attempt with a 1-0 success over York City and it could not have come at a better time.
Without a win in eight before the match against the Minstermen, Daggers were bottom and looked a long way from remaining in League Two.
And while it wasn’t pretty against York, the east Londoners picked up the vital win that sparks new life into their fight to remain in the league.
Josh Passley grabbed the headlines with the late goal, but a tremendous, gutsy display in midfield from Oliver Muldoon reminded fans what has been missing at times this season - someone who knows what it means to play for the club.
Liam O’Brien (7.5) - He did very well to keep his concentration throughout with the Minstermen not managing a single shot on target during the match. The confidence with which the keeper came to collect a late corner shows how much he has developed this season.
Josh Passley (8.5) - The match-winner was allowed to go forward at will, be it a right back or right midfield, and was able to deliver some cracking deliveries that warranted a better finish. Hopefully he starts in a more advanced role tomorrow night as the former Fulham man seems to be enjoying it in recent matches.
Joe Worrall (7.5) - Another calm and composed display from the teenager belying his age. He also did well to cope with a change in centre back partners towards the end of the first half, with Dom Hyam replaced by Clevid Dikamona.
Dom Hyam (7) - Credit to the Reading loanee, who put his head in where it hurts and picked up 10 stitches and a head wound for his troubles.
Joe Widdowson (7.5) - Like Passley on the other flank, was allowed to get forward on a regular basis with York wingers Danny Galbraith and Kenneth McEvoy virtually invisible.
Joss Labadie (7) - Penalty miss aside, enjoyed a good battle in the middle of the park with Russell Penn which may have spilled over had City captain not been dismissed. On a sour note, Daggers skipper is set to miss next two matches after picking up his 10th yellow of the season.
Matt Richards (7) - Looking back at his ratings since returning to the fold, has improved by half a mark each game and this was no exception. His deliveries from corners were good and played some nice long balls forward from deep. The midfielder is slowly getting to the level where he needs to be.
Oliver Muldoon (8.5) - John Still has asked for warriors in recent weeks and the on-loan Charlton Athletic man’s display was exactly that. Despite sporting protective headgear after picking up a nasty cut at Notts County, he threw himself into every challenge and did not look too bad in attack either.
Ashley Chambers (7) - A solid shift down the right from the attacker who may have liked to get a bit more involved with the visitors looking shaky at the back.
Christian Doidge (7) Like Chambers, put in a workman-like performance up top, but was just missing that goal that would have capped an excellent afternoon for the Welshman.
Ashley Hemmings (8) - It was possibly his best performance as a left winger all season. He caused the away defence all manner of problems and rightly deserved his assist for Passley’s goal.
Clevid Dikamona for Hyam 41 (7) - It could easily have been a catastrophe for the defender coming on for his first appearance in over a month, but rounded out a good week after being named in the Congo squad for the first time with a composed display.
Oliver Hawkins for Doidge 66 (6.5) - The only player to get below a 7 and that is solely down to the dive that saw him booked. That’s two yellow cards for simulation he’s picked up since joining in January and it’s a part of his game that needs to be worked on.
Justin Hoyte for Chambers 70 (7) - The former Arsenal full back added experience to the back line in the closing minutes and probably had his chances of regaining a starting spot boosted by Passley scoring in a more advanced role.