Montano double lifts Daggers off the bottom
Dagenham & Redbridge 3 Barnet 0
Cristian Montano struck a stunning first-half brace to earn Daggers their first league win in 11 games and climb off the foot of League Two.
The home side’s bright start was rewarded with a fine goal from Montano on 14 minutes.
After exchanging passes with Josh Scott, the West Ham youngster fired past keeper Dean Brill from 20 yards.
Barnet then sprung into life, but despite creating a number of promising opportunities Daggers stopper Chris Lewington remained untested.
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Izale McLeod and Sam Deering missed The Bees best chances and the visitors were punished when Daggers struck on the stroke of half time.
Again it was Montano’s quality that proved the difference, when he latched onto Brian Woodall’s flick and fired into the top corner.
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In the second half, Barnet had little to show for their endeavour, while Daggers came close to extending their lead when Dominic Green’s long-range effort came back off the crossbar.
The win was sealed when man of the match Montano bamboozled left-back Gary Borrowdale and his inch-perfect cross was headed in by Woodall.
Still Barnet pushed for a way back into the match, but Lewington denied McLeod from close range and substitute Charlie Taylor headed over.
But for the first time since August 20, Daggers held out for a clean sheet and a priceless victory to leapfrog Plymouth and Northampton and climb out of the relegation zone.
Daggers: Lewington, Rose, Doe, Spillane, Ilesanmi, Montano (Cunnington 79), Maher, Gain (Bingham 39), Dominic Green, Scott (Nurse 70), Woodall. Unused subs: Hogan, Geohaghon.
Attendance: 2,135 (including 513 away supporters).