𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙈𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝 𝙍𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨: 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚁𝚎𝚜𝚞𝚕𝚝𝚜
So, the winning streak has come to an end, but the pride in this team and admiration for their fight and quality most certainly hasn't - the Daggers more than matching Stockport throughout on Tuesday. Paul McCallum's equaliser before the break cancelled out Madden's earlier opener; from which point onwards, McMahon's men impressed.
So yes, there was a disappointment we couldn't snatch the win and play-off hopes appear now (I know they've been revived several times) but now, certainly over. However, all this is in my view a huge testament to just how far we've come over the last couple of months. There was real fight shown against a strong opposition, whom Dagenham managed to appear superior against at times, and that coupled with a certain level of quality was a delight to watch.
But, unfortunately, the referee lacked much quality and there were a couple of clear occasions where he should've pointed to the spot but elected not too! Though, there were opportunities for the Daggers to win it through Robinson, who hit the bar, and George Saunders who scuppered his late chance.
It sets up for an exciting season next season and a couple of players who impressed me the most on Tuesday, as you'll find out, should definitely be given contracts beyond this campaign - I'm sure there'll be more talk about contracts to come.
But, for now, let's look at those individual player ratings, from YOU - the supporters:
So, I agree with these overall above-average and in some cases, fairly high, ratings for the performances put in at Edgeley Park. But, in my opinion, Saidou Khan (8.5) was my Man Of The Match for his work rate and efficiency on the ball - not only keeping it but making things happen - a tough choice between him and Vilhete (whom I praise for the same reasons).
Nonetheless, Elliot Johnson was a worthy winner (a first-time winner) of the MOTM title for his solid defensive display which ensured the point was taken back down south on Tuesday. Although, it has to be said he has won by perhaps the smallest percentage of the votes so far, clearly again, a great testament to the level of performance across the pitch in the 1-1 draw. The defender is another who has improved as the season has worn on and hopefully, like the rest of the players, he can carry this form into next season!
So, we now have confidence in this team and manager to perform on a consistent basis and at the top of the table hopefully next season. Before then, we must see the season out with this level of performance and the Daggers will be able to get a result in front of the fans on the last home game of the season!
For now, attention turns to Saturday and I'll see you then! Thanks as ever, to those who got involved,