Dagenham & Redbridge player ratings: No Stag party at Mansfield
PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:10 22 February 2016
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Ned Keating provides player ratings following the 3-2 defeat at Mansfield Town
Dagenham & Redbridge remain six points adrift of safety at the foot of League Two, but there were some positives to take from their loss at Mansfield Town.
Oliver Hawkins scored his first goal for the club in the 42nd minute while Jamie Cureton struck for the first time since December 12 four minutes from.
But in between, Stags struck three times through Matty Blair, Adi Yussuf and Matt Green while Cureton also missed a spot kick with the score 2-1 with Krystian Pearce dismissed for the hosts after hauling down the evergreen striker.
There were times in the game when Daggers posed the league’s fourth-best team problems, but there were also times when they wilted under mounting pressure and with the season now 15 games from its conclusion, it’s only likely to increase in the coming weeks.
Liam O’Brien (7) - Very busy throughout at Field Mill and another match where it could have been six or seven conceded were it not for the keeper. Very little he could do with any of the goals and can walk away from the game with his head held high.
Josh Passley (5) - Arguably the best crosser in the team and when there is a huge target in Hawkins in the box, the right back needs to whip it in first time rather than try to beat his man. Covered brilliantly for Dom Hyam after he slipped in the second half, but also gave possession away too cheaply, too often.
Clevid Dikamona (6) - Great ball to the back post in the build up to Cureton’s goal, but could have been smarter defensively during the second half.
Joe Worrall (6.5) - A return to form for the centre back who, despite being the youngest, led the defence well. Looked to be fouled in the passage leading up to Mansfield’s third goal.
Dom Hyam (6) - Credit to the loanee, he is learning, but another slip almost proved costly once more and should have put a better challenge in on Yussuf for Stags’ second.
Joe Widdowson (6.5) - Best display since returning to the starting XI and extremely impressive as an attacking outlet, including cracking ball across the box for Hawkins’ strike.
Joss Labadie (6.5) - Quieter afternoon for the skipper in a deeper role, but still gave the type of performance that has become expected from the midfielder this season. Sweeped up well and played a few lovely raking balls forward.
Oliver Muldoon (6) - Took a knock early on and never really recovered. Did take a delightful free kick in the first half that went narrowly wide, but that was as good as things got for the loanee.
Ashley Chambers (5.5) - Brilliantly instigated the counter attack that led to Daggers’ first with a storming run from deep, but also wasted a few good opportunities with indecision and should have done better with header at the death.
Oliver Hawkins (6.5) - Another who is learning game-by-game and was in the right place at the right time to grab his first goal for the club.
Matt McClure (6) - Unsurprisingly didn’t look fully fit after nearly three months out, but looked lively on occasion and will only get better as the weeks go on.
Jamie Cureton for McClure 71 (6) - The good: scored a typical poacher’s effort and won the spot kick. The bad: not the best spot kick we’ll ever see.
Matt Richards for Muldoon 71 (5.5) - It will be a process of getting back up to speed after a lengthy time on the treatment table, but disappointing to see him play short or backward passes rather than looking for an incisive through ball.
Jodi Jones for Passley 79.
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