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Dagenham & Redbridge lose out in Morecambe

21:39 01 December 2015

Dagenham's Liam O'Brien tries in vain to prevent Paul Mullin opening the scoring for Morecambe (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham's Liam O'Brien tries in vain to prevent Paul Mullin opening the scoring for Morecambe (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Sky Bet League Two: Morecambe 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

A goal on the rebound midway through the first half proved the difference as Dagenham & Redbridge went down at Morecambe.

There was little to choose between the sides at the Globe Arena but it was the hosts who secured revenge for defeat in the FA Cup two weeks ago.

While the visitors tried hard to force their way back into the game, they were unable to give their 23 fans anything to cheer on their way back to London.

Despite turning in an impressive display against high-flying Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, Daggers made two changes at the Globe Arena.

Having spent the last two games on the bench, Liam O’Brien returned in goal at the expense of Mark Cousins.

There was also a start for Ashley Chambers who replaced Jodi Jones on the wing despite the youngster having a good game against the Pilgrims.

Neither side were able to create much of an opening in the first 10 minutes which was perhaps a blessing for Daggers who were 2-0 at that stage on their last visit.

The visitors had a good chance in the 12th minute, but Ashley Hemmings’ powerful cross from the left narrowly evaded Jamie Cureton at the far post.

Just a minute later and Morecambe had an opportunity of their own, but Tom Barkhuizen failed to apply the finish after a swift counter attack.

Daggers defender Jack Connors performed a spot of last-gasp defending 15 minutes later to clear a long range effort from Aaron Wildig off the line.

The visitors did fall behind three minutes later after Josh Passley tripped Shaun Beeley in the box.

Liam O’Brien saved Paul Mullin’s initial effort from 12 yards before the striker stroked home the rebound.

Dagenham were just a matter of inches away from an equaliser in the 36th minute, but Ashley Hemmings couldn’t get on the end of a delightful ball from Joss Labadie.

Labadie then tried his luck two minutes later with an effort from 35 yard that went narrowly wide of the post as the visitors went into half time behind.

With little more than four minutes played after the restart, Connors clipped the bar with a cross from the left as Daggers began the second half brightly.

The young left back was certainly in the thick of the action, producing another goalline clearance 10 minutes later following a Morecambe corner.

Daggers were starting to find themselves on the back foot and saw O’Brien forced into action in the 63rd minute to save Anton Forrester’s curling effort.

O’Brien was at his best again with 13 minutes remaining, getting down low to his left to save a scissor kick from Kevin Ellison.

The visitors threw everything at it in the closing minutes to grab a late equaliser but it wasn’t to be, with Cureton fluffing a late overhead kick when he perhaps had time to take a touch before shooting.

Daggers will hope to rebound quickly when they host non-league Whitehawk in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Daggers: O’Brien; Passley, Dikamona, Obileye, Connors; Labadie (Jones 68), Boucaud, Dunne; Chambers (Vassell 46), Cureton, Hemmings (Mulraney 68)

Unused subs: Cousins, Raymond, Pask, Hoyte

Attendance: 1,027 (including 23 Daggers fans)

Referee: Kevin Wright

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