Doe header seals thrilling win for Daggers
League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 3 Rotherham United 2
Scott Doe’s late header earned Dagenham & Redbridge a thrilling victory to climb out of the relegation zone.
After a disappointing first half performance, Daggers hit back emphatically after the restart with goals from Jon Nurse, Abu Ogogo and Scott Doe earning a first win in four league games.
Rotherham dominated the first half, as Daggers struggled to compete in midfield and were continually exposed by the pace of striker Lewis Grabban.
On eight minutes Grabban held off the challenge of Mark Arber, raced through one-on-one with keeper Chris Lewington, but his low shot was pushed around the post.
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From the resulting corner Daggers failed to clear and Jason Taylor’s low shot through a crowd of players was well held by Lewington.
The home side struggled to offer much in reply, but Billy Bingham’s half volley from the edge of the box crept inches wide.
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But still Rotherham dominated possession and finally made the breakthrough on 28 minutes.
Kieron Cadogan’s pass found its way through to Danny Harrison on the edge of the box and the Millers skipper looped his shot up and over Lewington.
A minute later the visitors were close to doubling their advantage, but Alex Revell’s volley was brilliantly pushed away by the busy Lewington.
After spending the majority of the first half on the back foot, Daggers boss John Still switched from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 at half time and introduced striker Josh Scott for midfielder Ahmed Abdulla.
And the changes paid off just five minutes into the second half when Nurse met Michael Spillane’s deep free-kick with a diving header to equalise.
The goal, and Still’s half time words of wisdom, transformed the Daggers performance and they soon went in front.
Ogogo exchanged passes with Brian Woodall and his low shot took a big deflection off defender Mark Bradley leaving keeper Rhys Taylor wrong-footed.
But within a minute the Millers were level. Former Daggers defender Scott Griffiths raced down the left flank and crossed for
Revell to head past Lewington.
But this end-to-end contest took a further twist on 79 minutes when Montano’s inswinging corner was headed in by Doe at the near post.
With two minutes remaining Michael Raynes was sent off after pushing inside the box. But there was still a final chance for Rotherham to level, but Jason Taylor’s low drive was deflected wide as Daggers held on for a priceless three points.
Dag & Red: Lewington, Ogogo, Arber, Doe, Ilesanmi, Spillane, Abdulla (Scott 46), Bingham, Montano, Nurse, Woodall (Cunnington 80). Unused subs: Hogan, Rose, DJ Green.
Rotherham: R Taylor, Bradley, Harrison, Raynes, Griffiths, Cadogan, Naylor, J Taylor, Wood (Williams 85), Grabban, Revell. Unused subs: Warrington, Tonge, Schofield, Cresswell.
Attendance: 1,744 (including 255 away supporters).