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Colin Munford at Victoria Road
Saturday, September 14, 2013
League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 Bristol Rovers 0
Goals from Abu Ogogo and Luke Howell gave Daggers all three points against Bristol Rovers at Victoria Road, and kept their unbeaten home record intact in the process.
Ogogo tapped in from close range for his third of the season with 10 minutes on the clock and in an almost carbon copy of last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Exeter, the hosts had chances to move further in front.
They weren’t taking but Daggers had goalkeeper Chris Lewington to thank for a save from Matt Harrold’s penalty after 54 minutes.
And they made the visitors pay for the miss as Luke Howell headed home Zavon Hines’ corner to make sure of the victory.
Wayne Burnett made one enforced change to the starting line-up as Afolabi Obafemi came in for his first league start in place of the injured Josh Scott.
But after a slow start the Daggers took the lead when Hines’ ball into the box was cleared straight to Scott Doe who pumped it straight back in and Ogogo was on hand once again to convert from close range.
John-Joe O’Toole, a scorer in the 4-2 win for Rovers at Victoria Road last season, went close after a well-worked move fell to him on the edge of the area, but a drilled shot just went wide of the post.
Once again though the Daggers spent much of the first half in the ascendancy and Rhys Murphy headed over from close range following Hines’ byline ball in from the left.
Steve Mildenhall was then forced into action to push Gavin Hoyte’s cross-come-shot away from goal, while Obafemi saw a shot deflected after another great through ball from Hines.
You thought it may be a case of déjà vu once again with missed chances for the hosts and it looked that way when Brian Saah handled Michael Smith’s ball into the box with the referee pointing to the spot.
Saah was booked for his protests but Lewington was the saviour as he guessed right and kept out Harrold’s spot kick.
Rovers continued to pose a threat, but it was the Daggers who got that vital second 17 minutes from time when Hines’ corner in from the left was headed home by Howell for his second of the season.
And though John Ward’s side pressed for a way back into the match, the Daggers comfortably saw out the remainder of the game to secure their second home league win of the season.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Connors, Doe, Saah, Hoyte, Bingham, Ogogo, Howell, Murphy, Obafemi (Elito 63), Hines (Shields 90+1).
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Wilkinson, Ilesanmi, Saunders, Woodall.
Bristol Rovers: Mildenhall, Smith, Parkes, Harrold, Richards, Brown, Norburn (Lockyer 86), Bond, Harrison (Santos 46), McChrystal, O’Toole
Unused substitutes: Gough, Kenneth, Clarkson, Gill, Harding.
Attendance: 1,423 (358 Bristol Rovers fans)
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