Dagenham & Redbridge cut open by Accrington Stanley
16:54 24 October 2015
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Sky Bet League Two: Accrington Stanley 3 Dagenham & Redbridge 1
Dagenham & Redbridge limped to a defeat away to Accrington Stanley that led fans to question if talk of survival was just a careless whisper.
From the first minute, Accrington looked the better team and Daggers second best at the Wham Stadium.
And while there was a consolation goal in the second half, the east Londoners will feel like bad boys on the way home.
For the first time this season, the visitors named the same starting XI for consecutive matches following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at York City.
Manager Wayne Burnett was obviously impressed with what he saw at Bootham Crescent, electing not change a single player.
There had been doubts over the fitness of goalkeeper Liam O’Brien who came off injured against the Minstermen but he was able to start.
Accrington looked bright from the off with Piero Mingoia forcing a corner inside the first two minutes.
From the set piece, the ball bounced around the box before it was smashed home by Stanley skipper Seamus Conneely from 10 yards.
And it could have so easily been two eight minutes later when Windass broke down the right.
The Accrington midfielder passed into the box for Billy Kee whose shot was blocked by Nyron Nosworthy on the floor.
Kee then laid the rebound off for Matt Crooks on the edge of the box but his effort was high and wide.
Less than a minute later Stanley went close again as they once more tore through the visiting defence.
Mingoia mazed his way into the box before passing to Sean McConville whose shot from the left rolled inches wide of the right post.
Accrington were dominating play and had another brilliant chance go further ahead, again from a Windass corner in the 20th minute.
The ball was powerfully volleyed towards goal by Kee six yards out but expertly tipped over by O’Brien for another corner which was cleared.
O’Brien was again called into action five minutes later palming away a brilliant effort from Mingoia.
The ball fell to McConville on the left but his effort was blocked by Josh Passley and hastily cleared.
O’Brien has been one of Daggers’ form players recently and showed why in stoppage time to stop Mingoia’s cross-shot behind for a corner.
The first was cleared behind for another set piece and from second, Matty Pearson headed home at the back post to put the hosts in 2-0 up.
Less than four minutes into the second half a Mingoia cross led the hosts’ third of the afternoon.
The winger played the ball in from the right and Windass leaped highest to head past a despairing O’Brien.
Daggers’ keeper was called upon again to bail his team out just two minutes later, tipping Pearson’s header from a McConville free kick over the bar.
With their first shot of the match, Dagenham were able to pull one back through an unlikely source in the 62nd minute.
After fantastic work down the right from half time substitute Jodi Jones, the youngster played the ball across the box and watched as it was almost turned into the net.
The ball spun to Nyron Nosworthy as the back post and the defender fired home for his first goal for the club.
Accrington looked to have weathered the storm and thought they had pulled further clear through Joe Wright with 20 minutes left.
The defender had headed in a corner and was about to wheel away when he saw the linesman flagging for offside.
With no further goals, Dagenham dropped to last in League Two in the process and supporters will be hoping like last Christmas that the team’s form turns in the second half of the year.
Daggers: O’Brien; Passley, Nosworthy, Pask, Hoyte; Sutherland (McClure 46), Boucaud (Labadie 78); Ferdinand, Chambers, Hemmings (Jones 46); Cureton
Unused subs: Cousins, Connors, Dikamona, Raymond
Attendance: 1,104 (including 60 Daggers fans)
Referee: Darren Bond