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Milestone occasion as Daggers pick up elusive win over AFC Wimbledon

Abu Ogogo scored the winner for Daggers against AFC Wimbledon. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Abu Ogogo scored the winner for Daggers against AFC Wimbledon. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
5:18 PM

League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 AFC Wimbledon 0

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It was a day of milestones for Daggers as their 10-men sealed victory over AFC Wimbledon courtesy of Abu Ogogo’s seventh of the season.

The game marked their 300th in the Football League, and with victory, the Victoria Road side picked up their 100th win as well as their first over the Dons in six attempts.

Ogogo put them in front after 10 minutes but they had to endure the final 35 minutes of the game a man down after Lawson D’Ath was shown his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett made two changes to the side which drew 1-1 at Chesterfield on Sunday, with fit again Afolabi Obafemi and Medy Elito in for Sean Shields and the suspended Zavon Hines.

The first opportunity of the match came the way of the Daggers with top goalscorer Rhys Murphy curling a 20-yard free-kick narrowly wide of the target with Dons goalkeeper Ross Worner at full stretch.

There have been plenty of well-worked goals from Burnett’s side so far this season and with 10 minutes on the clock they added another to that list.

Murphy pierced a great ball through the Dons defence for the onrushing Gavin Hoyte. He almost lost possession but was able to get a decisive touch to pull the ball back across goal and there was skipper Abu Ogogo to fire home his seventh of the season, and his second in successive games.

The Dons were still enjoying plenty of possession in the Daggers half and George Francomb had a shot from distance deflected behind for a corner, and it was only the intervention from Scott Doe on the line which stopped Dons top goalscorer Michael Smith from levelling things up.

The hosts had to be careful with the precarious one-goal lead and a Dons ball into the box found Luke Moore unmarked but out came Lewington and he did well to block his effort from close range.

And they have to be even more careful after 55 minutes when D’Ath was shown his marching orders for a second bookable offence after a late lunge on Sammy Moore, having needlessly conceded a foul in the latter stages of the first period.

Daggers would have to rely even more on the counter attack now, and Murphy looked to profit on one such occasion but overrun the ball and the ball went out for a goal kick.

It would be a massive test of the Daggers resolve now, and Luke Wilkinson was brought on to sit in front of the back four, with Obafemi sacrificed.

That move seemed to do the trick and while Wimbledon again had plenty of the ball, they failed to test Lewington as much as manager Neal Ardley would have liked.

Second half substitute George Porter was guilty of missing one chance as Barry Fuller’s fine deep ball in found his run but he drilled his effort well wide.

Boss Burnett was sent to the stands after sharing words with the fourth official, and there was further panic in the Daggers defence as Lewington blocked another Luke Moore effort and though the ball fell kindly for Jack Midson there was a fine last-ditch block from Ogogo, before Doe cleared another off the line.

Five minutes time was added on and it was a backs to the wall job, with Porter having another late chance to secure the Dons a point but flashed his effort into the side netting, and with that Daggers had done enough to seal the win.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Connors (Ilesanmi 73), Doe, Saah, Hoyte Ogogo, Howell, D’Ath, Elito, Murphy (Dickson 87), Obafemi (Wilkinson 63).

Unused substitutes: Seabright, Scott, Shields, Edgar.

AFC Wimbledon: Worner, Fuller, Kennedy (Porter 60), S Moore, Frampton, Bennett, Antwi, Francomb (Pell 33), Smith, Sheringham (Midson 60), L Moore.

Unused substitutes: Brown, Sweeney, Fenlon, Mohamed.

Attendance: 2,012 (619 away fans)

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