Ten-man Dagenham & Redbridge slip back into the drop-zone after Swindon hammering
Swindon Town 4 Dagenham & Redbridge 0
Former Daggers favourite Paul Benson got on the scoresheet as 10 men Dagenham & Redbridge sunk back to the bottom of the table.
After an even start to the first half Swindon took the lead and once Daggers striker Josh Scott had been shown a red card the writing was on the wall.
Paolo Di Canio’s side weighed in with three more goals in the second half as they cruised to victory and retained top spot in League Two.
Boss John Still made one change to the side that beat Bradford, with Billy Bingham replacing Saturday’s match winner Matthew Saunders – missing with an ankle injury.
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Swindon made a slow start, with their only effort of note a volley from Benson, which Michael Spillane blocked.
The visitors went close to opening the scoring on 18 minutes after Swindon failed to clear Damien McCrory’s corner and Medy Elito sent a thunderous volley across goal, but inches wide.
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On 22 minutes Billy Bodin hit the post with a low drive, after beating Mark Arber and Scott Doe.
But seconds later the forward made no mistake as he turned in Benson’s low right-wing cross to edge Swindon in front.
Daggers evening went from bad to worse on 34 minutes when lone striker Scott was shown a straight red card following a strong tackle on Oliver Risser.
Swindon continued to dominate before half time. Matt Ritchie breezed past Doe and found Raffaele De Vita in space on the left, but his first touch was heavy and his shot was smothered away by keeper Jonathan Bond.
The visitors, determined to gain a foothold in the game, adopted a narrow 4-3-2 formation and stifled Swindon for the early part of the second half.
But Daggers resolve was broken when Swindon bagged a quick-fire double to secure the points.
On 60 minutes substitute Luke Rooney’s corner was headed in at the far post by Joe Devera.
And three minutes later Ritchie’s low cross was dummied at the near post by Bodin and Rooney fired in unmarked at the far post.
Swindon were not finished as they continued to exploit the extra space and Benson netted a fourth on 75 minutes to heap the misery on his former employers.
Doe gave the ball away 30 yards from goal and Rooney raced into the box, before crossing for Benson to tap-in at the far post.
Daggers, on a rare venture forward, tested keeper Wes Foderingham when Billy Bingham cut in from the left and shot low with his right foot, but the stopper made a comfortable save at his near post to preserve his clean sheet.
Swindon: Foderingham, Caddis (Smith 15), Devera, McCormack, Cibocchi, Ritchie, Ferry, Risser, De Vita (Rooney 52), Benson, Bodin (Connell 72). Subs not used: Cox, Murray.
Daggers: Bond, Doe, Spillane, Arber, McCrory, Nurse, Ogogo, Bingham, Elito (Dominic Green 71), Reeves (Woodall 36), Scott. Subs not used: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Abdulla.
Attendance: 6,839 (89 away).