Dagenham & Redbridge: O’Brien saves hosts and praise for Dikamona too

PUBLISHED: 14:30 30 September 2015

Liam O'Brien of Dagenham and Redbridge thanks the travelling fans at the final whistle (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Liam O'Brien of Dagenham and Redbridge thanks the travelling fans at the final whistle (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 1-1 draw at home to Notts County

Jodi Jones of Dagenham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Jodi Jones of Dagenham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge will be hoping for more of the second half, less of the first as their quest for a home win this season goes on following a draw with Notts County.

The Magpies led at the break but in truth the opening 45 minutes from both sides was distinctly lacking in quality.

Jack Connors of Dagenham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Jack Connors of Dagenham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Manager Wayne Burnett must have said something at the interval, with Daggers looking much improved in the second half.

The fabulous equaliser came through a youngster who regularly digs Daggers out of trouble while the keeper was again in top form, producing a save a reaction save and denying the visitors from the spot.

But there was also an impressive display in the heart of defence from a summer signing who struggled in his first few matches as a Dagger.

Liam O’Brien (9) - Stopper is on top form at the minute. Vital save to deny Adam Campbell a second made more important by Jones’ goal minute later. Penalty save cherry on top. Dagger of month for September and by some distance.

Jack Connors (7) - Surprised to see left back line up on right but did well. Distribution good and composed when defending.

Ayo Obileye (6.5) - Definite improvement on recent weeks but failed to track back for Campbell’s opener. At least he’s stopped clumsily diving into tackles.

Clevid Dikamona (8) - Best performance to date by country mile. Thoroughly impressed with passing and little in way of silly decision making, such as defending crosses like he’s raving with hands in air.

Joe Widdowson (6.5) - Connors’ performance at right back may put him under pressure. Rarely tested down flank as Magpies looked to expose young Irishman instead, who coped well.

Jodi Jones (7.5) - Fully paid up member to fan club now. Things weren’t coming off but kept going and kept trying to unlock defence. Quality players can play badly but still create moment of genius and goal was exactly that.

Andre Boucaud (5.5) - Even I’m starting to feel like I have something against him with the ratings he’s getting but has to improve. Played Widdowson into trobule on edge of area then didn’t go to put forward case for Jones when youngster was booked, something which angered me in his role as captain.

Kane Ferdiand (6) - Square passes rather than cutting ones but definitely got through more mileage than at Barnet.

Ashley Hemmings (6) - Save for opening exchanges, quiet enough. Starting place could be in doubt for Saturday with Jones impressing and Hines returning to fitness.

Christian Doidge (6.5) - Thought Matt McClure should have made way instead at half time for Ashley Chambers as Welshman was winning aerial balls for fun.

Matt McClure (6) - Another quiet evening for striker in front of goal but not helped by lack of clear chances he thrives on.


Ashley Chambers for Doidge 46 (7) - Bemused by change at time but proved to be masterstroke. Helped hosts up tempo after break and unlucky not to score. Yes, things didn’t come off but offered a lot more in attack than others. Expect him to start just off striker against Mansfield.

Jamie Cureton for McClure 81 - Not enough time to make impact

Zavon Hines for Jones 87 - See above

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