Daggers downed by Everton despite brave showing
16:57 09 January 2016
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FA Cup third round: Everton 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 0
Dagenham & Redbridge can hold their heads high despite going out of the FA Cup at Everton.
The east Londoners hadn’t been expected to do much at Goodison Park, but more than held their own against their Premier League opponents.
Goals in either half proved their undoing, but Daggers can be pleased with their efforts against the Toffees where they were cheered on by 1,883 travelling fans.
John Still made just three changes for the trip to Merseyside and all of them were enforced.
James Dunne and Ayo Obileye both returned to their parent clubs after their loans expired while Justin Hoyte missed out because of a groin injury.
In their place came Nyron Nosworthy, Joe Worrall and Oliver Muldoon with the latter two making their debuts after joining the team earlier in the week.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez showed Daggers a healthy amount of respect with a strong squad that included Phil Jagielka, Kevin Mirallas and Arouna Kone.
It took less than two minutes for the hosts to register their first effort, although Steven Pienaar’s header at the back post went over when it looked easier to score.
Daggers continued to be on the back foot with Mirallas testing Mark Cousins from 20 yards after a great bit of skill to create space for the shot.
The visitors looked to be slowly growing into the game, but their progress was almost checked when Ashley Hemmings lost the ball on the half way line in the 19th minute.
Mirallas passed to Aaron Lennon who sped through on goal, but his cross to Kone sailed wide of the post.
Just over a minute later, Christian Doidge was fouled 35 yards out from goal and Joss Labadie was just narrowly over with the resulting free kick.
Dagenham had to rely on Cousins once more in the 23rd minute when Ramiro Funes Mori saw his 25-yard effort tipped over a bar for a corner that was dealt with.
And Everton’s pressure finally told in the 32nd minute when Kone headed home the game’s opener.
Hemmings had fouled Lennon out in a wide right position with the ball whipped towards the back post by Bryan Oviedo where it was met by Kone.
The visitors continued to come under pressure from the Toffees, but they were able to resist with Worrall in particular impressing in defence.
In the final minutes of the half, there was a nasty clash of heads at a corner between Funes Mori and Hemmings that resulted in the Everton defender going off.
The start of the second half followed much the same narrative as the first, with Daggers looking to soak up pressure before hitting Everton on the break.
Everton did go close to doubling their lead in the 57th minute when Kone fired a shot a Cousins’ near post, but the goalkeeper got down well to save.
Kone went close again four minutes later, narrowly failing to get on the end of a cross from Mo Besic after a quick counter.
Looking to inject some pace into the game, Daggers brought on Jodi Jones and Jamie Cureton, with the latter playing at Goodison Park for the first time in a 20-year career.
There was a nervous moments for Dagenham in the 73rd minute when Cousins dropped Oviedo’s shot at the feet of Brendan Galloway.
But the young defender could only put the follow up wide much to the relief of the visitors.
Kone seemed to be causing Daggers an awful lot of problems including putting a header from a corner just wide in the 80th minute.
And the visitors, who had put up a brave fight throughout, were finally finished when Mirallas scored from the spot five minutes from time.
The midfielder had been tripped in the box by Nosworthy before getting up the score the spot kick.
Following the goal, there was a brief stoppage in play after a domestic cat had made its way onto the pitch.
But Daggers will be hoping it is not a catastrophe when they return to league action at home to Northampton Town on Saturday.
Everton: Robles; Galloway, Jagielka, Funes Mori (Pennington 45+4), Oviedo; Gibson, Besic; Lennon (Rodriguez 90), Pienaar (Osman 77), Mirallas, Kone
Unused subs: Howard, Deulofeu, Barkley, McAleny.
Daggers: Cousins; Passley, Dikamona, Worrall, Nosworthy, Hemmings (Connors 75); Muldoon, Labadie, Raymond, Chambers (Jones 62), Doidge (Cureton 66).
Unused subs: O’Brien, McClure, Ferdinand, Widdowson.
Attendance: 30, 918 (including 1,883 Daggers fans)
Referee: Paul Tierney