Chambers inspires Daggers to end drought by winning six-goal thriller
PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 November 2014 | UPDATED: 17:00 22 November 2014
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 4 Carlisle United 2
Three first half goals earned Dagenham & Redbridge a first win at home since September 27 after a stunning turnaround at Victoria Road against Carlisle United.
The visitors went ahead through Derek Asamoah but two goals inside a minute changed the course of the match and put Wayne Burnett’s side on the way to a much needed three points.
Ashley Chambers was the star, finding the net twice, but Jamie Cureton also had a prominent role and even missed a second half penalty for the hosts.
And although Carlisle put pressure on Daggers towards the end of the match, Burnett’s team held on for a 4-2 victory – their first win in eight matches.
Burnett made three changes to the side beaten by non-league Southport on Tuesday, although two were enforced.
Luke Howell start the first of his three-match ban following his red card at Haig Avenue, whilst Matt Partridge also missed out through suspension.
Partridge picked up his fifth booking of the season in the FA Cup defeat and watched from the stands.
Rhys Murphy dropped to the bench after his start against Southport with Ade Yusuff, Ayo Obileye and Scott Doe returning.
Daggers lined up in an unconventional 3-4-1-2 with Doe, Brian Saah and Obileye as the three central defenders and Damian Batt and Ashley Hemmings pushed further forward.
The move appeared to work immediately with the home side looking solid in defence and Ashley Chambers, behind Jamie Cureton and Yusuff up front, getting plenty of space.
After 11 minutes Hemmings nearly produced the opener but his cross was just too high for Yusuff, although the forward seemed to jump a little too early.
Chambers then curled wide from outside the area after an excellent 1-2 with Batt before the Cumbrians, against the run of play, struck the opener.
Asamoah was the man to find the net for the visitors – his fifth goal in six games – to punish the home sides ball watching.
Asamoah knocked the ball to Daniel Kearns who ran at Doe and put the defender on his back side inside the box.
Kearns fired straight at Mark Cousins, though, and his save looped up but Batt inexplicably headed straight to Matty Robson.
Carlisle’s winger laid the ball inside for Asamoah, and he lifted over Cousins and into the net for the opener.
Burnett’s team had looked in control before that point but in that one move their defence was torn to pieces.
They responded strongly however, and when Labadie was brought down outside the box by Kyle Dempsey it would prove to be costly.
Bingham took the free kick, laying it short to Chambers, and smashing the dead ball low and hard past Hanford into the bottom corner to equalise.
And a minute later and Daggers went ahead in a stunning turnaround at Victoria Road.
Cureton crucially won the flick on and allowed Yusuff to run through on goal, his touch was too heavy though but forced Carlisle keeper Hanford to pull him down.
But just as Kevin Johnson was about to point to the spot Chambers ran in and smashed the ball into the empty net to make put the hosts into the lead.
It completely changed the mood inside the stadium and gave Burnett’s team the lift they required.
Chambers continued to pose a massive threat to the Carlisle defence and twice he crossed into the box but couldn’t find a team mate.
But Daggers were now winning every second ball and looking full of confidence.
What Burnett would have wanted was a third goal to put them two goals up – a position they haven’t been in since beating York at home on September 27.
Six minutes from time and they got their two-goal cushion when Yusuff and Cureton linked up again.
It was the youngster this time that flicked on for Cureton, and the experienced forward smashed past Hanford from just outside the box for his seventh goal since signing for the club.
Three minutes were added on towards the end of the half and the hosts nearly added a fourth when Yusuff linked up with Cureton again but the latter fizzed an effort wide on the turn.
A fast start to the second period was would have been Burnett’s wish and with just 47 seconds played after the break he got that wish.
Cureton chased after Hemmings ball down the channel and did brilliantly to cut back for Chambers unmarked and he struck into the bottom corner to make it 4-1.
Five minutes after that goal and Daggers had an excellent chance to put the game to bed when Cureton won a penalty.
The forward controlled the ball brilliantly and speed past Tom Anderson, who collided with the Daggers hitman and in the process bringing him down.
Referee Johnson pointed to the spot but Cureton lofted his effort against the bar and that miss was immediately punished by Carlisle.
Less than a minute after the goal away skipper Danny Grainger curled an effort over the wall and into the top corner to reduce the arrears.
The game settled down somewhat afterwards, though, although Obileye was forced into an astonishing clearance midway through the second period when Kyle Dempsey crossed across goal and the loanee cleared over the bar from a few yards out.
The Cumbrians substitute Steven Rigg headed straight at Cousins from a decent position shortly afterwards before Chambers had an effort deflected wide.
Daggers were dropping deeper and deeper and Mark Beck should have pulled one back for the visitors but he headed over the bar following Grainger’s cross.
The nerves were filling up inside the stadium as the pressure from Carlisle increased but with Warren Hackett and Burnett urging them to push further up the pitch they remained solid and held out for the win.
It was a huge victory for Burnett’s team and put them ahead of Carlisle in the league table to ease the worry at Victoria Road ahead of next weekend’s trip to Bury.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Doe, Saah, Bingham (Boucaud 90), Cureton (Doidge 90), Chambers, Labadie, Hemmings, Obileye, Yusuff (Porter 84).
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Connors, Murphy, Green.
Carlisle United: Hanford, Grainger, Robson (Rigg 59), Paynter (Beck 46), Dicker, Kearns (Sweeney 46), Meppen-Walter, Dempsey, Asamoah, Brown, Anderson.
Unused substitutes: Eccles, Amoo, Thirlwell, Brough.
Attendance: 2097 (364 Carlisle United supporters).