the daggers voice
Daggers produced an admirably confident and professional performance on Good Friday to defeat Boreham Wood, a side with decent home form who had humbled teams such as Dover, Forest Green and Lincoln already at Meadow Park. With players such as Hawkins and Okenabirhie out injured, the result was huge for us and goes a long way to securing a playoff spot.
I guess what I found most impressive with our performance is the way we showed tremendous character to come from one down, just as we did at Macclesfield. In past seasons or even months, when we went behind that would be pretty much game over, however against Wood I wasn't even worried. That was because I knew that the spirit, determination and composure in the team defies it's inexperience and youthful age and, alas, we won the game comfortably.
Also, I thought that our teamwork and passing was just superb. The players seemed to know exactly where everybody else was and knew their roles, applying them perfectly. It's a testament to how John Still has got us gelling this season; everything has gone so right, you only have to look at York City to see how relegation can practically destroy a team. But we now have a team to be proud of and since August watching them has been a pleasure, not a chore.
In terms of stand-out performers, it's hard to pinpoint any single player because, as I've said, they were all good. However, Whitely - as always - was just superb and was at the heart of everything, deservedly capping the game with the third goal which was a smart finish. Paul Benson was fantastic and is really starting to bring something new to the team. His experience yesterday was huge and showed in the way he skilfully dragged defenders out and made off-the-ball runs. The finishes were very decent goals and, if anyone deserved them, it was him. I guess Benno and a play-off-push just go hand in hand!
I could continue to go on about players like Maguire-Drew, Guttridge and Boucaud who too were excellent, but the defenders deserve extra plaudits for the way they limited Boreham Wood to virtually nothing. Wood have one of the best attacks in the league and, let's not forget, smashed five past Dover just last month. Robson cleared everything that came to him and Williams also offers an extra boost in attack with his tremendous crosses, one of which assisted the third goal.
So all in all, a very good and dominant performance from the Daggers. If we were in a play-off race and were under pressure to win yesterday - then you could've fooled me.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.