Dagenham & Redbridge captain Scott Doe pleased to celebrate 300th club appearance by beating York City
PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 March 2017
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Defender helped Daggers beat Minstermen 1-0 in National League
Skipper Scott Doe was delighted to mark his landmark 300th Dagenham & Redbridge appearance in style with a 1-0 win at home to York City in the National League.
The 28-year-old capped his special day with a clean sheet, while would have no doubt been pleased with Frankie Raymond’s 82nd-minute winner.
It was an important win for Daggers too as it boosted their hopes of a play-off place, and the former Weymouth defender was a happy man at full time.
“My 300th appearance went well. The clean sheet is first and foremost for me and the back four because we hadn’t had one in a while, so we needed that,” said Doe.
“The win, regardless of where York are in the league because they’ve been in good form, it was a big win.
“It was about battling and proving ourselves again after Tuesday’s disappointing game (Daggers lost 3-1 at Aldershot Town).
“Three hundred games is a nice milestone, so to top it off with a win is good.”
It was the second home game in a row where Raymond made a telling contribution as a substitute, having come off the bench to deliver the free-kick for Doe to head home the winner against Forest Green Rovers two weeks ago.
The midfielder was dropped from the starting XI for the visit of the Minstermen, having endured a tough night at Aldershot on Tuesday.
But Doe was delighted that Raymond was able to prove his worth with what could be a priceless goal come the end of the season.
“I couldn’t have been happier for Frankie,” added the skipper. “The manager (John Still) makes changes, and he has to because it is his job, and Frankie may have been one of the unfortunate ones because he was no worse than the rest of us at Aldershot.
“He has done very well when he has played left back and central midfield.
“Against Forest Green, he put the ball in and then against York he scored a great goal.
“I was delighted for Frankie, but I think he was just a bit disappointed his family weren’t here to see it!”
Doe’s landmark appearance also saw the defender help Daggers keep a clean sheet for the first time since beating Tranmere Rovers 2-0 away from home on January 28.
It was not all plain sailing at the weekend, though, with the Daggers skipper having to cope with the threat of burly York forward Jon Parkin.
And Doe admits it was a good battle between himself and the former Stoke City man, but was pleased to come out on top.
“I’ve played against Jon before and he’s very similar to Adebayo Akinfenwa,” he added.
“It’s tough because he’s not just a big guy, but a smart guy too. We handled him well and York had a header which hit the bar in the first half, but I can’t remember much else.
“They had a guy throwing it from the halfway line into the box at the end, so it was tough to deal with.
“Jon is clever, but we coped with him well and he was getting frustrated, which for me is a good sign.”
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