In a League Two basement scrap, two goals from Jamie Cureton handed Dagenham & Redbridge a 2-0 victory over dismal York City.

After cagey sparring in the early stages, experienced striker Cureton latched on to Billy Bingham’s through ball and finished neatly into the bottom right-hand corner past Bobby Olejnik.

Although the Minstermen enjoyed a spell of pressure- forcing several corners as Wes Fletcher’s effort was palmed away- Dagenham would have been further in front were it not for a crucial last-man tackle from Malvind Benning on Alex Jakubiak.

The Daggers were not to be denied when, after 53 minutes, 39 year-old Cureton showed fleet of foot to spring York’s offside trap and lift the ball over Olejnik to make it 2-0.

The home side had a few half-chances but have now scored in only one of their last six games and have taken 11 points out of possible 45 at Bootham Crescent this season. The City faithful voiced their displeasure on Saturday and Russell Wilcox is now running out of games to save his stricken side, who are languishing in 23rd place after their most recent reverse.

York City

Bobby Olejnik- Made a good save from Jakubiak in the second half to keep his team in with a shout. Cruelly exposed by his defenders for both goals. His kicking, however, was very erratic. 6.5
Bradley Halliday- Has garnered praise in recent games for his displays at right-back and he didn’t do a great deal wrong in this game. Kept working away, seeing his left-footed shot from outside the box saved by Cousins. 6.5
Keith Lowe- Not one of Lowe’s better games. Was outstripped for the first goal by Cureton and misjudged a number of clearances. 5.5
John McCombe- Fearless in the air and offered his usual nuisance factor in the opposition box at set-pieces. Booked harshly, once again, in the first half. 6.0
Malvind Benning- The best that was on offer from the home side, Walsall loanee Benning got forward well and delivered a couple of excellent crosses. Made a goal-saving tackle on Jakubiak to temporarily avert 2-0. 7.5
Michael Coulson- Tried to drift inside and switch flanks but nothing came off for him. Instead of pass and move, Coulson seems to pass and then stop. Took 13 corners and they were all useless. Not pulling his weight creatively. 5.0
Russell Penn– Put himself about in the middle of the park, which was more than could be said for a number of his charges. Isn’t as vocal as you’d expect and isn’t obviously making an effort to rally the troops. His experience will still be instrumental if York are to avoid the drop this season. 6.0
Lewis Montrose- The Minstermen missed the influence of Summerfield in the middle, as Montrose was out-thought and out-classed by his counterpart Bingham. Terrible; doesn’t seem to have the stomach for the fight. 4.0
Josh Carson- Looked bright at times and he is the one the fans turn to for a moment of magic. Was well marshalled, while his free kicks were tame. 5.5
Emile Sinclair- Had a couple of sniffs at goal in the second half, heading well wide and screwing an effort over the bar from the right side of the box. Threatened to open his legs but didn’t get into good enough areas with the ball. 6.5
Wes Fletcher- 17 games without scoring have really dented Fletcher’s confidence. To be fair to him, he was starved of service, but at the moment he brings a new meaning to the phrase ‘shadow striker’. He is a shadow of a striker. 5.0

Substitutions

Jake Hyde- Replaced Montrose on 56 minutes. Didn’t look like the man to bring pace or incision to York’s attacks. 6.0
Carlton Morris- Replaced Fletcher on 72 minutes. Had no significant impact in a stale period of the game in which City’s prospects of getting a result were negligible. 6.0

Dagenham & Redbridge

Mark Cousins- York drew 13 corners and Cousins ensured that they did not hold any threat. His afternoon largely consisted of taking goal-kicks and free-kicks. 6.5
Abu Ogogo- An athletic presence at right-back, the Daggers skipper was never afraid to commit to challenges and cleared the ball very effectively. 7.0
Scott Doe- Racked up a number of fouls undeservedly, as Doe was an assured and experienced head at the heart of his team’s back four which remained resolute throughout. 6.5
Ayo Obileye- A good reader of the game and comfortable on the ball, the Charlton loanee made a number of important interceptions. His clearance led to the second goal. 7.0
Joe Widdowson- Didn’t have too much traffic to deal with down his wing but kept his concentration. 6.5
Luke Howell- An industrious and talkative player, Howell preferred to tuck inside rather than attack his full-back and made Dagenham’s midfield more solid in the process 7.0
Billy Bingham- Outstanding. He used possession intelligently and imaginatively, setting up Cureton’s first with a well measured through ball. In knowing when to go short and when to go long, Bingham was the only player on the field with the ability and vision to switch play with one pass. 8.5
Andre Boucaud- The ying to Bingham’s yang, Boucaud is a combative and leggy central midfielder who likes to take on ambitious dribbles and speculative long-range shots. 7.0
Ashley Hemmings- Got a couple of runs at Halliday, testing Olejnik from 25 yards and clipping over a few interesting crosses. Wasn’t always allowed to use his pace to the same effect. 6.5
Alex Jakubiak- A nuisance of a player, Jakubiak’s continual efforts to link play and drop off the front occupied York’s centre halves and allowed Cureton to administer the fatal blows. 7.5
Jamie Cureton- Still a class act at 39, Dagenham are the latest of his 15 clubs to profit from his natural ability to finish. Could well fire the Daggers to safety if he continues in this vein. 9.0

Substitutions

Daniel Carr- Was expected to start up front, but by the time he was introduced the game had been wrapped up 0.0
Ashley Chambers- Came on with a minute to go. 0.0

Man of the Match

Jamie Cureton- No prizes for guessing the standout individual in this game, as Cureton’s brace alone secured victory for his team. Neither were instinctive finishes; he had time to think about them and showed peerless composure to take both chances.  9.0

 


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