REID ALL ABOUT IT: RATINGS & OPINIONS
MY RATINGS & OPINIONS - REID ALL ABOUT IT
Here are my player ratings following a great victory over Notts County in which Reid got a brace in the 2-0 win. A first and much needed league win in a while saw McMahon, in his first league game in charge, get his tactics spot on. The attacking display and defensive stability was a joy to behold along with the CLEAN SHEET!
Here was my immediate reaction on Twitter:
DARYL McMAHON - 10
Daryl’s rating, in his first league game in charge, sums up the performance as I believe that result was partly down to him setting up the side to win. The constant running and pressure he demanded and getting the ball forward has been rare this season. The playing style is very pleasing and lived up to my expectations. The return of Deering and introduction of Alex Reid no doubt helped but as I say the tactics were pleasing.
ELLIOT JUSTHAM - 9
Fantastic! Fantastic as ever was the No.1 yesterday between the sticks with some match-winning saves. The majority of those came in the first half as County were bearing down on goal. He remained big and tall for as long as possible as the very best GKs do. All this earned him a clean sheet which have been hard to come by for the club this season. I really feel we have one of, if not the, best keeper in the league - a crucial part of the team! Therefore only a 9 could justify his great, clean sheet earning performance. Though he was great yesterday, he wasn’t getting enough action to receive a 10 for his performance.
GABRIEL ZAKUANI - 6
Gabby was forced off through injury on the 39th minute as he made his league debut but he made some great blocks and made use of his aerial presence. The Congolese centre-back played in a back three that worked really well I felt and that is evidenced of course with the clean sheet. Gabby receives a 6 as quite frankly he did his job and did it well whilst he was on the pitch - which wasn’t very long. Let’s hope the injury isn’t too serious and that him being replaced was no more than a precaution as the quality was there on the bench (Manny).
KENNY CLARK - 7
Just as Gabby did, though for the full 90, Kenny was solid at the back as he so often is. One moment that stood out for me yesterday from Clark was when he got done for pace but recovered superbly with a well-timed slide tackle. That was one that got the crowd going - the skipper so often does with a crunching challenge!
LUKE CROLL - 7
Croll didn’t have many stand out moments for me but he put in a solid defensive display nonetheless to help secure the victory and clean sheet. Working well with the defence, he perhaps didn’t have many stand out moments as he didn’t make any mistakes - a good sign for a defender.
ANDREW ELEFTHERIOU - 7
He hasn’t been a regular in the side so did well to start and play the full 90 with maximum effort all the way through. Andy didn’t get forward much in the first half for a wing back but the second 45 was a contrasting story. As the team grew in confidence and gained momentum so did Eleftheriou and he began to get forward encouraging attacks at every opportunity. One thing I like about Andy, which he displayed today, is he is beginning to look for that simple option as oppose to ambitious switching of the play. Keeping it simple.
LIAM GORDON - 7
Liam is of course a fans’ favourite so therefore a big favourite of mine so I must restrain from bias as much as possible. He didn’t have the best game he has had in a Dagenham shirt today, as he marked his 50th appearance, but he certainly showed great fight as ever. Liam Gordon is often a main threat going forward but just wasn’t today which is testament to the great performance of the attackers in some respects. Like all the defenders, Liam did his job at the back with some solid challenges and ultimately went without conceding.
MITCH BRUNDLE - 6
Mitch is an interesting player as some games he is this great midfield dynamo who controls the middle of the park with some real strong tackles. However in other matches, like yesterday, he misplaces a few passes and struggles to get a foothold in the game. He grew in confidence as the game went on but just didn’t convince me to be honest. Despite perhaps not having a great game technically, I have given Mitch a 6 as there is no questioning his fight was very much there - throughout.
MATT ROBINSON - 7
Matt found a few nice passes to the front three (whom I will get onto next) and his performance often goes unnoticed as he does the basics right. Matt is also another who puts his body on the line for the team and has great aggression. I have rated him a 7 for yesterday’s performance as he, like the rest of the side, did his job well. I couldn’t give him more than this as he didn’t control nor dictate the midfield but nonetheless held it well.
SAM DEERING - 9
Well, Mr.Deering, take a bow! The number 24 delivered precisely what we’d been crying out for - creativity. The attacking midfielder chipped in with an assist also due to his quick thinking TAA esc (almost!). But it wasn’t just that moment, as Sam was key to the press and attacking nature of yesterday’s display. A 9 rating I feel is fitting for a very good shift.
ALEX REID - 9
A brace on his debut. It was great to see Reid getting amongst the goals and receive no doubt a boost in confidence. He seems far better than what we’ve got at present not just with his goals but his work rate sets him apart from the rest. I thought that with the service of Deering he would excel at Victoria Road and he did yesterday. Let’s hope he can replicate that performance in weeks to come as we look to climb the table. So a 9 for Reid on a fantastic debut, could have been a 10 but there were missed chances in the first half. Also, there is always room for improvement! Let’s hope for a hat trick next week ;)
CHIKE KANDI - 8
Chike was, like Reid, leading that press yesterday and didn’t stop running for ninety minutes. He put Reid through on goal numerous times in the first half but Kandi also did a job tracking back which was great to see. I have rated him a 9 as he didn’t directly effect the result with a goal or assist but played a big part in carrying out McMahon’s tactics. A great performance from Chike yesterday.
MANNY ONARIASE - 7
Manny came on just before the break and took over from where Zakuani left off - dominating in the air. He wasn’t as impressive as he usually is but no goals were conceded. It is never easy coming on midway through replacing an injured player as a defender - getting used to the pace of the game.
BAGASAN GRAHAM - 5
He was introduced merely to run down the clock but put a few good challenges in during his cameo appearance. He may come in handy off the bench to just get in behind a defence with his pace late on.
ALEX McQUEEN - 5
Alex replaced Sam Deering who received a rapturous applause and McQueen just didn’t have enough time to effect the game. At 2-0 up there was little to do against the 10 men of Notts County that late on in the encounter.
Thanks for reading,