Dagenham & Redbridge 2
Dale team: Russell, Wiseman, McArdle, Stanton, Kennedy, Buckley, Jones, Keltie (Toner), Rundle (Thompson), le Fondre (Dagnall), Rhodes
The match itself was a dull, frustrating affair if you were a Dale fan, an entirely satisfactory fulfilling day if you were a Dagenham supporter. I’d thought along with a fair proportion of League Two watchers that Dagenham’s recent good results were anomalies. “They’re an average team really”, “They’ll be back down near the bottom soon”… I’d be very much surprised if they were. Dagenham today were what we weren’t, that is, clever, threatening, enterprising, efficient, and coherent. What Dagenham had, we lacked – what Dagenham did we had no answer to.
There are key matches in every season, and today’s match may be one. An entire rethink is needed, to start from the bottom up. Players like Rundle, Gary Jones, McArdle, Stanton, Dagnall and Russell all need to start performing, and if they don’t I see no reason to keep them in the side.
So am I disconsolate? No. Am I concerned for our season? Yes. We require at this minute a strong manager who is not afraid of change, especially where senior players are concerned; only time will tell whether Hill is this manager.