Dagenham & Redbridge top Dons in south London
21:40 24 November 2015
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Sky Bet League Two: AFC Wimbledon 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 1
Dagenham & Redbridge picked up their first win since September with victory away to AFC Wimbledon.
The Victoria Road club were largely on the back foot for much of the game but were able to record their first clean sheet since the draw with Newport County.
A late goal in calamitous circumstances gifted Dagenham a first win in 12 that should ease the pressure on boss Wayne Burnett.
The visitors made four changes with keeper Mark Cousins handed his first league start since August.
Jack Connors overcame a back injury to replace Joe Widdowson at left back while Jack Mulraney replaced Ashley Chambers on the right wing.
There was also a start for top scorer Matt McClure, taking over from Jamie Cureton who had a frustrating day against Oxford United on Saturday.
McClure lasted less than two minutes after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge for the ball with Cureton coming on in his place.
Cousins was called into early action, getting low to deny Lyle Taylor from opening the scoring for the hosts in the sixth minute.
The Daggers stopper was a relieved man eight minutes later when he saw a free header from Adebayo Akinfenwa go onto the roof of the net rather than in.
Cousins was the by the busier of the two custodians and was called upon again to keep the scores level in the 30th minute.
Jon Meades slipped in Taylor who went for the far post but was again thwarted by Cousins who was being overworked in the opening third of the game.
Daggers were forced into their second change of the half in the 40th minute with Ayo Obileye replacing Nyron Nosworthy.
But he could do little to prevent Cousins from having to push over a brilliant free kick by Callum Kennedy a few seconds after coming on.
From the resulting corner, there was something of a goalmouth scramble before Daggers eventually cleared the danger.
Wimbledon started the brighter of the two sides after the break and Daggers did well to keep it goalless.
Daggers were again reliant on their shot stopper to keep the scores level, producing a brilliant double save in the 73rd minute to stop Jake Reeves from scoring.
In another otherwise dull game, there was a moment of real controversy a minute later involving Clevid Dikamona.
The Dagenham defender was hugging Taylor, who threw a punch in Dikamona’s direction, but both players escaped without a booking.
Despite being on the back foot for much of the game, Daggers took the lead in fortuitous circumstances 10 minutes from time.
Cureton was played in down the right side of the box and produced a cross-shot when little else looked on.
Dons keeper Ben Wilson came to complete what looked a routine collection but fumbled it into the net to put the visitors ahead.
Dons almost pulled one back in the final minute of normal time when Taylor flicked Sean Rigg’s cross just wide of the far post.
But Daggers held on to move out of the relegation zone ahead of the visit of promotion chasing Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
Daggers: Cousins; Passley, Nosworthy (Obileye 40), Dikamona, Connors; Mulraney (Boucaud 64), Labadie, Dunne, Hemmings; Vassell, McClure (Cureton 5)
Subs: O’Brien, Boucaud, Chambers, Jones, Hoyte
Attendance: 3,557 (including 171 Daggers fans)
Referee: Simon Hooper