Tuesday arrived and the faithful trooped into the Glynn Hopkin Stadium, hoping that Garry would "sort it out".
When the team was announced, once again the 16 failed to include Keith Scott, Danny Hill or Lenny Piper. Perhaps equally surprising was the decision to drop
Mark Janney and Paul Bruce to the bench. Bruce in particular had been particularly bright pre-season and was one of the more highly rated players in the Leigh
game scoring a cracking free kick.
Whilst the game began well, the cracks at the back were exposed when Steve Watson was allowed in unchallenged at the back post to square the ball to the impressive Elding to put Boro ahead. From then on, the Terry and Shipp partnership laboured in the middle of the park and possession was lost too easily. With no Hill or Lenny Piper on the bench, the Daggers lacked a creative or steadying midfield option. Long balls were humped up into the box, but the lack of height in the Daggers attack meant that these were dealt with in a straightforward manner.
At the end of the game, there was a great deal of frustration and dissatisfaction among the home fans; for the first time in ages there was booing. While it is rather early to be taking that stance, there are clear concerns among the support.
The failure to select Scott, Hill or Lenny Piper is surprising. Piper and Hill are great players who will get goals and make goals at this level, surely they merit a place in the 16, if not the starting line up?
Equally, Keith Scott give us an option that we do not have with the other strikers at the club, i.e. to play it long.
The questions that needs to be asked, are why are these guys not getting a look in and why did Garry give these players contracts if he does not deem them worthy of the 16, let alone the starting line
Rumours abound of unrest at the club, of players muttering in the bar after
games and of reporters being ranted at for doing their job and asking the
No damage is done yet with just two games gone, but with tough games to come
thick and fast in the coming weeks the Daggers need to get their act together
pretty quickly if this season isn't going to be over by the end of September as
far as promotion ambitions are concerned.