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Saturday, October 26, 2013
League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 3 Rochdale 1
Rhys Murphy and Medy Elito were on the scoresheet as Daggers picked up the scalp of former league leaders Rochdale at Victoria Road.
Murphy scored his eighth of the season to put the hosts in front after nine minutes and Elito pounced on a Chris Lewington clearance to double the lead.
Gary Dicker did pull one back from an acute angle but the Daggers made sure of all three points when Elito struck deep into stoppage time.
Manager Wayne Burnett made one change as Gavin Hoyte came back into the team following his three-match ban for the injured Luke Wilkinson.
It was a sloppy start though from his side as within 15 seconds Jamie Allen chipped the ball on to the roof of the net as Keith Hill’s table topping side at the start of the day began positively.
Daggers weathered the initial storm and skipper Abu Ogogo had their first opportunity after a well worked move down the right saw his drilled effort saved by Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis.
But only a minute had passed when the hosts went in front as Elito played in Murphy who shot first time low into the bottom corner.
Other than that. Daggers spent much of the half on the back foot as Peter Vincenti headed over the bar and George Donnelly fired over after getting the better of Brian Saah.
And the hosts had Jack Connors to thank for clearing off the line after Ian Henderson’s corner was headed goalwards by Dale skipper Oliver Lancashire six minutes before the break.
Daggers were on the back foot again at the start of the second half as substitute Graham Cummins forced Lewington to push a shot behind for a corner.
But with their first chance of the half Burnett’s side doubled their lead after 52 minutes when Lewington’s long clearance found the run of Elito and he lobbed Lillis, with Murphy retreating from an offside position.
Rochdale came back from a two-goal deficit last time out against Northampton Town, and put a recovery in motion once again when Dicker fired in from the tightest of angles after Lewington had made an initial save.
That sent the Daggers into panic stations as the back and Lewington failed to hold a shot, though they managed to hack the ball clear.
Rochdale threw everything at the Daggers and the hosts had to endure five minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game, and as expected had to endure some nervy moments.
Rochdale had penalty appeals turned down for a supposed Hoyte handball following Allen’s shot and Michael Rose curled a free-kick agonisingly over the bar.
But they made sure of all three points when Elito netted from the edge of the area, though there was still time for Dale to strike the post.
The win moved Daggers up to eighth place in the League Two table.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Hoyte, Doe, Saah, Connors (Ilesanmi 74), Howell, Ogogo, Bingham (Obafemi 70), Elito, Murphy (Dickson 85), Hines.
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Scott, Shields, Gayle.
Rochdale: Lillis, Rafferty (Done 48), Lancashire, Vincenti (Tutte 54), Donnelly (Cummins 33), Lund, O’Connell, Allen, Rose, Dicker, Henderson.
Unused substitutes: Thomson, Bennett, Eastham, Hery.
Attendance: 1,742 (180 Rochdale fans)
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