the daggers voice
Yesterday was cruel for us. The Daggers, despite their many injuries, fought well throughout and were the better team throughout the first half. However, we found ourselves 2-0 down thanks to one dubious goal and one fantastic one. In the second half, we kept pressing, but again conceded two and ended up losing 4-1.
From a neutral perspective, if you were to look at that result, people would think we would have been battered. We weren't. The scoreline was flattering and deceiving. Barrow were good, yes, but we were also good. Looking at the chances minus the goals, if we would've won 4-1, I don't think anyone would've been surprised. Instead, we've lost 4-1 and people think it's Gateshead all over again.
This is what frustrates me. On the Vanarama National League facebook page, you have people slamming the Daggers, saying we're rubbish, that we're out of the title race, that Barrow dominated. Do these people realise that we have countless injuries? Do these peope realise that before all the injuries, we beat Lincoln, Dover, Aldershot and Eastleigh, and drew with Forest Green, Tranmere and Macclesfield? Even in some of those games we had injuries! And we still got points - so what can we go with our strongest side?
Yesterday, in spite of having Robson, Robinson, Doe, Boucaud, Okenabirhie, Williams, Pennell, Ling and a few others out, we managed to compete with a full-strength Barrow team sitting in 4th on a 20-game unbeaten run. All of a sudden, 4-1 doesn't look that embarrassing now, does it? All I'm saying is - don't rule the Daggers out ye.
But it'd be unfair of me just to curse our misfortune. I have to give credit to Barrow- they executed their gameplan perfectly. Their forward trio were lethal and their defence solid; their goalkeeper, unbelievably on his debut, was absolutely superb. I wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season.
But this could've been so different. But we must remain optimistic. On Tuesday Torquay are the visitors to Victoria Road, which is a lot less daunting than I hoped. Before the Gateshead game, we had lost once at our fortress and conceded just three times. Two home losses and nine goals later, the lowly Gulls will be hoping they can get the points here. Hopefully, though, we get the win - regardless of how we play. Yesterday we played well but it got us nowhere. Performances don't win you points.
Come on you Daggers!
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.