Daggers booed off after another home loss
16:02 26 December 2014
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Stevenage 2
Boos rang out at Victoria Road after Dagenham & Redbridge fell to a third straight defeat, and also a third match without finding the net.
Stevenage, who had only won once on the road in the league prior to this Boxing Day clash, picked up their three points thanks to goals from Charlie Lee and Chris Whelpdale.
The home supporters for the one of the first time this season made their unhappiness known at the full time whistle after a 13th defeat of the campaign.
Wayne Burnett made four changes to the team beaten at Plymouth Argyle last weekend, with Rhys Murphy making his first league start since March 1.
Ashley Chambers and Patrick Agyemang also returned to the starting eleven, and Luke Howell made his first start since receiving a red card at Southport in November.
Jamie Cureton and Ade Yusuff weren’t included in the match day squad, but Joss Labadie and Andre Boucaud were on the substitutes bench.
The visitors nearly went ahead inside the opening minute when David McAllister crossed into the box, but Ryan Brunt nodded just wide.
Daggers hit back though in a frantic opening 11 minutes when Murphy linked up with Chambers. He played into the path of Damian Batt making the overlapping run, but his cross into the box was cleared by Dean Wells.
Chambers was involved again with seven minutes played, driving past two Boro defenders before finding Murphy, but his shot was blocked.
The hosts continued to look strong with Agyemang doing well to win the ball in midfield before finding Chambers. He spotted the excellent run of Howell, who near post effort was tipped wide by Chris Day with nine played.
Two minutes later and Ayo Obileye should have opened the scoring, but he completely miscued his header from Joe Widdowson’s right-footed cross.
Stevenage responded after that pressure and hit the crossbar with 19 minutes gone at Victoria Road.
Dean Parrett was found on the edge of the box by a short corner and although he scuffed his shot, it came perfectly to Brunt. However, he could only divert the ball against the bar and Daggers cleared.
Five minutes later and Murphy came close to scoring his first league goal since February 1 as he flicked Chambers ball into the box towards goal, but it just went wide of the post.
Widdowson received a booking midway through the half for hauling down Parrett when Stevenage were in a good position.
And it was Parrett who would have the effort of the half, six minutes before the break.
Brunt flicked on for Lee, and he controlled the ball before flicking it over his shoulder.
Parrett ran onto the ball and unleashed a wonderful volley from just inside the box, however it skimmed the bar and went over.
The last chance of note came when Chambers and Murphy linked up again. The latter couldn’t get his shot off though, and it concluded a frustrating half for him and Burnett’s side.
Stevenage again start the half with great intent and could have gone ahead in the 47th minute.
Parrett brought the ball forward in midfield and chipped into Tom Pett, he controlled before taking a snapshot which Mark Cousins did excellently to tip wide of the post.
Three minutes later and the visitors deservedly took the lead through Lee as their excellent start to the half was rewarded.
Wells had the first effort from a Stevenage corner kick, crashing a header against the bar and the ball couldn’t be scrambled clear and Lee drilled into the net from close range.
Burnett responded by introducing George Porter for Obileye and switching to 4-4-2 with 40 minutes of the half remaining.
Bingham went close for Daggers just past the hour mark when Howell passed to him outside the box, but nerves were evidently present in the hosts play.
Burnett made a double substitution in the 72nd minute bringing off Agyemang and Murphy and replacing them with Alex Jakubiak and Ashley Hemmings.
The Agyemang substitution was greeted with ironic cheers from the home supporters, but Murphy caused uproar amongst most Daggers fans.
They booed his substitution and chanted ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ following his departure.
And less than a minute after those changes and more disharmony was present amongst the hosts as Stevenage doubled their lead.
The ball broke nicely for Whelpdale inside the box and he steered past Cousins to make it 2-0 and give the away side a thoroughly deserved lead.
Parrett nearly extended the visitors lead shortly afterwards as he drove forward from midfield, but fired wide of goal.
Although Daggers tried to reduce the arrears they again, didn’t look like scoring and as they have come accustom to in 2014 - suffered another home defeat.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Obileye (Porter 54), Doe, Saah, Widdowson, Bingham, Howell, Chambers, Agyemang (Jakubiak 72), Murphy (Hemmings 72).
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Labadie, Partridge, Boucaud.
Stevenage: Day, Whelpdale, Charles, Pett, McAllister, Parrett (Walton 82), Wells, Lee (Beardsley 85), Okimo, Brunt, Henry.
Unused substitutes: Beasant, Zola, Marriott, Conlon, Deacon.
Attendance: 1,779 (310 Stevenage supporters).