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Dagenham match report
18 March 2015 10:45 Post ID: #71160
Another poor performance from Argyle saw a spirited Dagenham and Redbridge team deservedly win 2-0.

Goals in each half have the Daggers the win against an Argyle team that lacked spirit, cohesion and lacking in attacking ideas.

With the season drawing to a close the Greens have picked up just four points from the last 15 on offer and yet amazingly are just one point away from the play-off places.

While there is still hope we must be optimistic, however we never know what Jekyll and Hyde Argyle team will turn up from match to match - the confident swaggering side that smashed Portsmouth, Exeter and Northampton away or the meek, lacking in confidence team that surrendered against Dagenham?

Olly Lee replaced the departed Drew Talbot in midfield for this game against Dagenham.
It was the Daggers who started brightly and Tarieq Holmes-Dennis had to clear off the line following a Dagenham corner.

Argyle's on and only tactic was to hit long balls to Reuben Reid, sometimes diagonal, but this gameplan was simply not working.

Daggers took the lead when Ashley Chambers beat the offside trap, his shot was partially blocked by Curtis Nelson but the ball deflected to Abu Ogogo to slot in from close range.

Argyle did have a chance soon after when the previously anonymous Lewis Alessandra crossed to Reuben Reid who somehow blazed over from eight yards out.

Will Argyle improve after the break?

The Greens did show a little more urgency and passion for the second half but the attacks were laboured and too slow, in contrast with Dagenham who broke away with pace.
Too often the final ball was lacking with possession going sideways instead of forward.
John Sheridan rang the changes and made three substitutions with little effect and with Argyle pushing forward they were left exposed at the back and veteran striker Jamie Cureton sealed the win with a late goal.

With the players having to walk past the fans to enter the dressing room there were angry scenes at the end of the game with Sheridan coming in for some particular frustrating comments from the fans as he left the pitch.

It is now over two years since Argyle have come back to win a game after conceding first, the opposition know it, the fans know it and when that first Daggers goal was scored the players knew it as well.

After travelling nearly 1,000 miles to see the last two away games I failed to see a goal scored or a decent performance from Argyle.
To compound the misery both the M25 and M4 were completely closed on the way home with the diversions adding an hour to the journey.
The joys of being an Argyle fan!

Credit to Dagenham who somehow survive on gates of 1,700 and produce players who on the night were better than Argyle.

McCormick 6, Nelson 6, McHugh 5, Hartley 5, Mellor 4, O'Connor 4, B Reid 7, Lee 4, Holmes-Dennis 7, Alessandra 4, R Reid 5, Blizzard 5, Brunt 5, Banton 7.
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