Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: By far the worst yet from Daggers
PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 March 2017
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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 3-1 National League loss at Aldershot Town
There was very little joy for Dagenham & Redbridge at Aldershot Town on Tuesday, with their National League play-off place now well and truly under threat.
The first half was so poor, one of the media corps in the car on the way home commented if Daggers had just lain on the floor, they may have fared better.
A brief rally at the start of the second half, where skipper Scott Doe scored, looked to offer hope of a comeback, but the Essex club failed to kick on.
Shots added gloss to their win in the final 10 minutes, and no one at the Recreation Ground could argue with the final result.
The Hampshire club are now the kind of team Daggers must fear in the race for the play-offs, a side on the charge, while the Essex outfit look woefully out of form.
Elliot Justham (6) – Could have done much better for the third Shots goal. Not the first time he’s struggled to get across his goal in recent weeks.
Jake Sheppard (5) – Given the runaround by Bernard Mensah in the first half. He’s only young, so I do feel bad for constantly slamming him, but his positioning is simply not good enough for this level. I’m sure it will get better with age, but right now it’s costing Daggers.
Scott Doe (6) – May have got another goal, but he’s struggling to look like the imposing commander you want from your centre-back and skipper.
Shaun Donnellan (6) – Decision making may have been a bit questionable, as were one or two of his clearances. To his credit, though, he does seem to always make several last-ditch tackles.
Joe Widdowson (5) – Shackled by an early yellow, followed by a final warning from the referee which saw him stand off in defence. His fault, mind, for making two rash tackles so early.
Craig Robson (6) – Passing not as good from midfield in recent games, but did not shy out of a challenge.
Frankie Raymond (5) – Struggled to set the tempo and when he did pass, the balls were often over-hit.
Jordan Maguire-Drew (4) – Absent.
Corey Whitely (5) – Lively enough, but like everyone else, it was an off night. Decision making at times was not the best.
Fejiri Okenabirhie (5) – Struggled to get going before being replaced. Did grab an assist, albeit with a scuffed shot.
Oliver Hawkins (5) – Two parts to this. Firstly, looks a shadow of his former self so someone needs to put an arm around him and give him a confidence boost. Secondly, the service he received was utter dross. It’s hard to score when you’re being fed nothing.
Elliott Romain for Maguire-Drew 46 (6) – One of very few who looked remotely capable of doing any damage. Impressed by him and has to start on Saturday as one of two strikers.
Paul Benson for Hawkins 71 (6) – Made himself a nuisance and seemed to link up well with Romain.
Luke Howell for Okenabirhie 71 (6) – Pleasing to see him back on the pitch and is the kind of character Daggers need to stop their season petering out.
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