Chris Wade – @TufcChris
Chris discusses the win at Dagenham
For the third consecutive game, the structure of the team looked so much better. With a flat back four, Hall and Donnellan buzzing around in central midfield with Wearne and Evans in and around them with Goodwin and De Silva further forward, we were so resilient. These three points were based on grim guts and determination in the second half, along with being organised and disciplined. Everybody put a shift in and stayed in shape. When you consider how easy we were to get through a few weeks ago, this was so much better.
This match showed the importance of having some experienced heads in your team. With our backs against the wall and a good attacking Dagenham coming at us, Asa Hall, Mark Ellis and Dean Moxey were absolutely outstanding. Hall worked his socks off in midfield and closed down every blade of grass, and Moxey was calm and composed in all that he did. He is my clear Player of The Season up to this point. Simply outstanding again. And then there was Mark Ellis…
For the first third of the season, we were crying out for an experienced centre back to command the backline. And boy have we got that now in new old boy Mark Ellis. For those not there, it’s hard to put into words how good he was in the second half at Dagenham. He won absolutely everything. Absolutely everything. He dominated in the air, anticipated and intercepted on the floor, and coached and guided Ross Marshall and later Ollie Tomlinson. His extended lone cannot be over emphased in importance.
CROWE AND MARSHALL
Dylan Crowe and Ross Marshall have taken time to settle at the club and have consequently performed very inconsistently. But thrust back into first time action due to circumstances of recalled loan players and illness, both performed very well. Crowe was up against a quality National League winger in Myles Weston and stuck to his task manfully. One in Marshall was positionally sound and won his duels. That extra performance level made all the difference in a challenging second half.
Let’s be honest. We bloody needed that win didn’t we? In trying circumstances with lots of illness about, it was an outstanding three points. But this has to be the start. A win was followed by a false dawn in November. December needs to be different. A trip to Oldham next week presents an excellent opportunity to build on this win before we head into the FA Trophy and Yeovil back-to-back.
Imagine three more points next week…….