IS JOEY JONES THE ANSWER; AFTER DAGGERS CUT DOWN WOOD?
Following on from a hard-fought victory on
Saturday; there was pressure on McMahon’s men to replicate this level of
performance in the league. This time, they didn’t bow down to pressure, in what
was a relatively colossal task – defeating Luke Garrard’s Boreham Wood outfit –
at Meadow Park.
The Wood having not lost on home turf in
over a year, and what’s more, the Daggers had been unable to defeat them (home
or away) since 2017. Though, a Myles Weston goal coupled with an Elliot Justham
penalty save, being the key points from the game – ensured McMahon’s men had a
twist of fate.
I say ‘key points’, but that is just on paper, as when we delve into the ball-by-ball, much closer, analysis – there were some crucial individual displays through which the win was secured. One of which that put in an almighty shift, rightly earning him the MOTM award, on his debut – was Joey Jones.
The 26-year-old centre back committed to a
2-year deal at the Daggers in a huge boost for McMahon’s men; the defending in
that position this season – inadequate to say the least.
Competent. Composed. Carrying the ball out
the back-line to find a way to attack. That’s what impressed me most about
Jones, also capable of playing in a holding midfield role, his ability to win
the ball and then always make use of it. I’m cautious of speaking too soon,
but, he could well be THAT replacement for Manny Onariase
the supporters and club as a whole have been crying out for – ever since the
fan favourite’s departure to Scunthorpe (whom he captained on Tuesday night).
Jones too, has played in the football league, though not as a first-team regular it must be said – his experience coming at this level (the National League) where he has featured in excess of 200 times – Joey has played just 21 times in League 2 for Salford. The majority of his matches in the top flight were played in the red and white of Woking; he remained at the Cards from 2014 until 2018 where he played in excess of 40 games in all but one season.
This is before he moved to Eastleigh,
contributing to their promotion push, referencing this in his interview with Daggers
TV “I know what it takes to battle at the top end of the table”. Though being
injured for the play-offs, he played 33 games throughout the 2018/19 campaign.
Jones links up with former fellow Spitfire, Paul McCallum, who was also
instrumental in that season – taking the play-off semi-final with Salford down
to the wire with a goal.
The latter were to acquire Jones for their
League Two adventure, in which the new Daggers number 26 featured 21 times,
before leaving by mutual consent last Sunday. That’s where he is today, and
following a star performance at Meadow Park on Tuesday; supporters have high
hopes for him at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Back to the victory at Boreham Wood, and
Joey Jones played in a back three, McMahon claiming that’s precisely the reason
he bought his latest recruit – to give that option of formation. So, this could
well be a familiar setup: Jones, Croll and Clark making up a back three. One
for those setting off on their next managerial adventure (albeit virtual) on
Football Manager with Dagenham & Redbridge. As fans look to return the
Daggers to the football league and beyond!
Overall, a gritty, hard-fought victory against Garrard’s men – a long-awaited one at that. Also, a great surprise signing just prior to kick off, in Joey Jones, earning the MOTM award on his debut!
A Manny replacement? Final piece of the
jigsaw? We’ll have to wait and see…
For now, thanks for reading and COME ON YOU DAGGERS!