Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Two minutes with… Dagenham & Redbridge

With a busy Easter period in terms of matches, Dagenham & Redbridge were the visitors to Underhill on Good Friday. Daggers’ fan Nick gives his views in this instalment of ‘two minutes with...’

Had you been to Underhill before?
Yes, I came last season when we drew 2-2 in the midweek match. Mickey Spillane and Scott Doe were the goalscorers for us that day.
How did you get to the game?
We left on the District Line from Barking before changing onto the Northern Line at Embankment. When there we had a quick pint in the Old Red Lion before heading into the ground.
The match
Whereabouts in the ground did you sit/stand?
We were stood on the East Terrace which we were allocated alongside the Barnet fans. Despite not being associated with the one game a seasoners who turn up for an imaginary tear up at Barnet, we stood at the back towards the netted segregation line where the atmosphere was. You could say we sat as well, although most of the time one of the Barnet stewards gave us a glare to tell us to get off of the railing. He gave up in the second half though!
What did you make of the game?
It was poor from start to finish really. In the first half I think Barnet edged it without creating too many clear cut opportunities, Jake Hyde’s marginally offside effort being the one I remember clearly. We were definitely the better side in the second half and were unlucky not to take the lead through Elito’s rasping strike. Despite our heavier forward presence in the second half, I’d still say a point apiece was the fair outcome.
Who (from either side) do you think deserved to be man of the match?
No one really stands out in my mind from either side. If I had to pick I’d probably say our centre half Scott Doe who made a number of superb last ditch challenges to deny the Barnet forwards. Although you could argue that for his one world class stop to deny Elito, Graham Stack deserves the award.
Was the score line a fair reflection on the game?
I’d say it was fair, yes. Despite playing better in the second half as I alluded to earlier, I don’t think we created enough to warrant the three points. The closest we came was from a 30 yard strike which tells its own story really – both sides really lacked going forward.
Who do you play next, and how do you think you’ll get on?
Next up for us is Exeter away on Saturday at St James’ Park, a ground that we traditionally never do well at. Taking into account our poor form and the fact we’ve never won at Exeter, I can only see a defeat which will drag us even further into the relegation mire.
Cost of match day ticket – £13 for me which I thought was reasonable for a concession in the terrace. Certainly a lot better than some grounds in this league –––8/10
Purchases made at ground – I didn’t buy anything in the ground, although I’m informed the programme was of decent quality. The food looked nice enough but again the Barnet caterers ran out of stock before the start of the second half which marks it down somewhat ––– 7/10
View – Apart from the several poles that restricted our view of part of the goals at either end, it was ok. Being a terraced stand which is somewhat old fashioned, it’s to be expected. Although I wasn’t too pleased with the three rather large gentlemen who decided to stand in front of me at the end of the first half ––– 5/10
Quality of football It wasn’t a particularly good match, played on a tough surface with both sides giving very little away. It was gritty but with flashes of quality throughout ––– 6/10
Overall experience Taking everything into account, including the fact it’s the last time we’ll ever visit Underhill, I think it was pretty decent. The atmosphere was largely good, the pub before hand was filled with Daggers supporters and I’m more than happy to take a point from the match ––– 7/10
Total ––– 33/50
You can follow Nick on Twitter @NickMurphyDRFC and be sure to check out his blog for Dagenham match reports and more, ‘The Daggers Scale’.

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