the daggers voice
For the first time this season, the Daggers were booed at the final whistle last night.
And it was fully deserved. Most of the players, apart from Whitely, Doe and a couple others - looked like they wanted to be at home just as much as I did. I wasn't watching promotion, or even title, chasers. It felt like I was watching the Dagenham of last season.
Just like Saturday, our finishing was the problem. Or rather, our use of the ball in the final third. Sure, we had more chances and more of the ball, but weren't creative or threatening enough. As Dad said, if we were there until midnight we still wouldn't have scored. Torquay had less chances, but the chances they did have were much more clear cut. We tried to force the issue by putting two up top, and from then on Torquay were much the better team. Hawkins going off injured (surprise, surprise) just compounded a truly miserable evening.
I can't tell you how frustrated I am. I know we have injuries, but looking at our squad it is still good enough to compete with any team. Yet yesterday, we lost to the 18th-placed team in the division. No disrespect to Torquay, who were much better than I expected but - if we're to fulfil our aspirations this season, those are the teams we have to beat. You wouldn't see Forest Green lose at home to Torquay, nor Lincoln, nor Barrow, or any other team around us. At the moment, our season is going to crash and burn. The wheels have well and truly come off.
Of course, it's no coincidence that - with a full squad - we beat Lincoln City, and even with some injuries overcame Eastleigh, Aldershot, Dover and drew with Forest Green, Macclesfield and Tranmere. But yesterday we looked a million miles from that side.
Disappointingly, we slipped out of the play-offs yesterday for the first time in ages. But even more disappointingly, we have Dover, 5th played Dover with free-scoring Ricky Miller up front, this weekend. Dover's result last night away at Sutton? 6-0.
But at least it's away, because home really doesn't feel like home at the moment.
Good luck boys - something tells me we'll need it.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.