the daggers voice
We might have ultimately been beaten today, but I'm still incredibly proud of my team.
To play with ten men for most of the game, and even then to hold out until the very dying seconds, is difficult enough. But to do it while still going for it, even looking the better side at times, really deserves credit.
It was a scrappy start, and things were really looking bleak when Kevin Lokko received his marching orders for a reckless challenge. However, whereas many would crumble, the Daggers rose to the challenge and battled incredibly well in the second half.
Devastatingly, though, we couldn't hold on and, in the dying seconds, an own goal meant that our battling, our desire, our efforts - it all counted for nothing. It really has been a frustrating month, and that heartbreaking moment just compounds the misery.
I thought that you couldn't really tell that we had ten men, as everybody worked hard. Unfortunately, though, working hard doesn't earn you points. And, at the minute, we've got nothing to show for our work-rate and chances.
Obviously the game wasn't without controversy, and as usual the referee was at the centre of it all. The red card I thought was justified, you can have no complaints about that, but I didn't think it was any worse than the foul which the Woking player committed against us a couple of weeks ago.
It's the smugness and arrogance of the referee that annoyed me though. As the fans vented their frustrations at half time, one was shouting at the referee, and his response was to laugh and almost mock us. No wonder people ridicule refs in this league.
And, although I haven't seen a replay, I'm sure that one of our offside goals should've stood. It's all fine margins and could've changed the game, but it was all avoidable.
I'm not saying that we'd have definitely picked up something, but we'd have had a much better chance had it not been for the red card. You'd think that after five yellow cards, Lokko would be more composed and calm, but obviously not. There was no danger and it was totally needless, but I'm sure nobody regrets it as much as Kevin himself. I really don't understand why we clapped him off either.
Our main threat came from Ferrier once again. Wrexham have the best defence in the league, and for the record they performed very well in that department today, but even they struggled to handle Morgan. But, with Corey and Cheek not at full form/fitness, he doesn't have much to work with, and that perhaps explains why we haven't scored in four successive games.
Though we lost in the end, there were a lot of positives we can take into our midweek game, which suddenly seems huge. We face league leaders Macclesfield at Victoria Road in what will be a very difficult game but with the league being so tight, a win will do wonders for us.
Hopefully we can bounce back, it's long overdue. It might be a hard spell for us at the moment, but I'm sure it's only a blip and we'll regain our early-season form very soon.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.