Dagenham & Redbridge blow two goal lead in loss
16:59 03 October 2015
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 3 Mansfield Town 4
Dagenham & Redbridge fluffed the chance of a first home win this season in a disappointing defeat against Mansfield Town.
Things had looked good for the hosts at the break having struck three times in the first half.
And they held the lead until the final 10 minutes when the visitors struck twice to break home hearts.
Just one change was made from the draw with Notts County on Tuesday and it was hardly a surprising one.
Ashley Chambers started from the off against the Stags after coming on at half time in midweek, with the hosts switching to a 4-2-3-1 in the process.
But the changes did not affect Daggers’ chances of success positively in the opening minutes, with Mansfield going ahead inside the first 10.
A cross into the box was headed to left back Malvind Benning 20 yards out, who volleyed it in to the top corner of the net.
If the hosts were looking for a quick response, they got it inside two minutes with McClure levelling things up.
Chambers, who looked to be charged with being a creative outlet, passed to the striker who found himself in acres of room to the left of the goal.
McClure decided to chance his arm by going for goal but caught Brian Jensen off guard who saw the ball trickle into the back of the net.
But as quickly as they drew level, Daggers could have again fallen behind with Ryan Tafazoli gifted a free header six yards out that he could only put over the bar.
Ten minutes later, though, the hosts were almost gifted a second of the afternoon following a cross from Jodi Jones.
Jones put the ball in from the right and almost saw it go in off Jamie Maguire but the ball instead looped onto the crossbar.
The ball then fell to Ashley Hemmings who squared it to Chambers but unfortunately the attacker missed it completely and the chance was gone.
If Tafazoli’s earlier header had been a warning sign, then Dagenham didn’t heed it as he went close again.
The defender was found after a free into the box only a couple of yards down and would have headed home were it not for a miraculous save from Liam O’Brien.
It proved a costly miss as Daggers did find a second with 15 minutes remaining in the half.
Andre Boucaud moved forward with the ball before slotting to Chambers who was just inside the box.
Chambers dragged the ball back, went for goal and was thankful for a deflection which took it past Jensen.
And Chambers was quickly at the double when he had his second just two minutes later.
The attacker got the other side of Tafazoli to reach a ball forward and bore down on goal.
Chambers showed fantastic composure to poke past Jensen and send the home support into raptures.
That joy was short lived, however, when Clevid Dikamona tripped Matt Green in the box with just under 10 minutes until half time.
Green then dusted himself to take the spot kick, which just about squirmed under O’Brien and into the net.
With the match in stoppage time, Daggers perhaps could have had a fourth through Hemmings but he could only put his free header from a free kick over the bar.
Mansfield had started brightly after the break, with O’Brien getting down low to keep out Lambe, when the visitors thought they had pulled level in the 52nd minute.
Green had bundled the ball into the back of the net after something of a scramble, only to see the assistant flagging for offside.
The game then stagnated for a while until the 69th minute when half time replacement Jamie Cureton went close.
Hemmings played it forward to Chambers, who in turn laid it off to Cureton who curled it towards goal only to Jensen palm it away.
Cureton again went close with just over 10 minutes remaining, going for an audacious lobbed half volley that went just wide of the right post.
It proved a vital miss as in the 81st minute the Stags drew level through a bullet header from Krystian Pearce.
Mansfield then went in search of a fourth to move ahead and found it through Adi Yusuff with four minutes remaining, passing the ball past O’Brien.
And in the end that was enough to consign Daggers fans to a longer wait for that elusive first home win.
Daggers: O’Brien; Connors, Dikamona, Obileye, Widdowson; Boucaud, Ferdinand; Jones (Doidge 69), Chambers, Hemmings; McClure (Cureton 46).
Unused subs: Cousins, Nosworthy, Raymond, Hamalainen.
Attendance: 1,597 (including 193 Mansfield fans)
Referee: Brendan Malone