Dagenham and Redbridge vs Tranmere Rovers: Three Stand Out Stars

By Peter Tscherewik

Tranmere thumped Dagenham and Redbridge 4-0 at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on Saturday, keeping them in the Vanarama National League title hunt.

Rovers travelled well as they have done all season, taking up 359 of the 1,411 overall attendance. Micky Mellon’s side had been left frustrated after the postponement of their fixture against Gateshead, but were always in control of this match.

After what was a fantastic performance from start to finish, how many Tranmere players will feature in our three stand out stars list?

James Norwood

Norwood had been without a goal since February 3 prior to this fixture, and James Wallace admitted that the manager had been ‘having a go at Norwood the past couple of days’, and for him to react in the way he did with two goals against the Daggers shows how important he is to Tranmere in attack.

The 27-year old worked wonders with his strike partner Andy Cook once again, working throughout the 90 minutes and could have easily had a hat-trick but for the marvellous work from Dagenham goalkeeper Mark Cousins.

His first goal was technically a one-on-one, which will give him all sorts of confidence! Norwood’s pace is a big part of his game and it showed with both goals, his first a chip over Cousins and the second a flick past the goalkeeper.


James Norwood celebrates scoring against Dagenham and Redbridge (Credit – Tony Coombes/Tranmere Rovers)

Andy Cook

It is often said that Andy Cook wears a magic hat, and his performance against the Daggers was magnificent. Cooky gave Tranmere the best possible start after half-time, as he took on Connor Jennings’s lay off before striking it home to make it 1-0.

His physical presence was a real handful for the opposing defence, and his second goal of the afternoon outlined some of his technical qualities too. The 27-year old has a number of great goals this season, and his curled effort to make it 3-0 was another sight to behold.


Andy Cook curls an effort home to make it 3-0 to Tranmere Rovers against Dagenham and Redbridge (Credit – Tony Coombes/Tranmere Rovers)

Cook now moves on to 18 goals for the season, with 17 of those coming in domestic competitions. The big man can only be beaten by two men at the top of the division’s top-goalscorer list, Danny Rowe (22) and Bruno Andrade (18). If Tranmere are to get near the title, then the contributions of Norwood and Cook on the goal-sheet could be vital.

Connor Jennings

Despite not getting in on the act in terms of goals, Jennings put in another performance of the highest quality for Micky Mellon’s side.

Jennings was deployed out on the left-wing and his work rate and determination proved all too much for the home side at times. The 26-year old has built up a great three-way partnership with Cook and Norwood over the past few seasons, and he played a big part in helping Tranmere home on Saturday.

His work down the left flank to create Tranmere’s first goal of the match was exquisite, as he got down to the byline before cutting back to Cook inside the box who slammed the ball home.


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