POWER AND PACE BLUNTS STILL’S TROOPS
NO LUKAKU, no Barkley, no Stones nor Deulofeu when the teamsheet arrived at 2.15, it was tempting to wonder whether the Toffees had committed the same mistake as their big rivals across Stanley Park.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Jurgen Klopp’s kids came within a whisker of losing to Exeter and the 1,800 travelling Daggers fans could scent an upset of their own.
Sadly, the gulf, though certainly narrowed, was still too vast. It wasn’t so much the quality as the pace and power. Everton had enough of both – not to mention experience in the shape of men like Phil Jagielka – to nullify Dagenham at source.
John Still’s side were brilliantly organised and defended superbly but didn’t have a single shot on target. In truth, they could have played until next year and still failed to trouble Joel Robles.
Yet this was always a bonus. Avoiding the Conference is what matters. And if they show this kind of discipline in League Two, they’ll be fine.