Daggers’ wait for home win goes on despite pushing Northampton hard
17:44 16 January 2016
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Northampton Town 2
John Still couldn’t crown his return to Victoria Road with a win as Dagenham & Redbridge lost at home to Northampton Town.
Taking charge of his first home game since taking over for a third spell, Still would have been delighted to see his side take the lead.
But two goals in the space of 10 minutes turned the game on its head as the Cobblers escaped with the win.
There were just two changes for Daggers with Justin Hoyte and Andre Boucaud returning to the starting XI.
Hoyte replaced Nyron Nosworthy at the back while Boucaud came in for Frankie Raymond, but Joss Labadie retained the armband.
Joe Worrall and Ollie Muldoon made their home debuts while new signings Oliver Hawkins and Harry Hickford took their place on the bench.
And it was Worrall who made went close to making the first impact in the game, having a header cleared off the line inside the first five minutes.
The hosts continued to press for an opener with Christian Doidge and Labadie testing Adam Smith in the Northampton goal.
Despite their dominance, Daggers required a smart save from Mark Cousins to deny Sam Hoskins and keep the scores level in the 19th minute.
Dagenham continued to perform well against the promotion chasers, but without any real end product.
That looked to have changed in the 35th minute when Ashley Chambers had headed home, only for the linesman to flag for offside.
But Northampton were also have a few chances themselves, putting together a good period of pressure with five minutes left in the half.
Zander Diamond saw an effort deflected narrowly wide of the post before Daggers could clear their lines.
Daggers almost made the most of their let off, but Doidge lifted an effort over the keeper and the goal after great play from Clevid Dikamona.
The Frenchman instigated a quick counter soon after and played the ball into the box, but Chambers couldn’t apply the required finish.
Northampton introduced captain Marc Richards at the break and it looked to mark a shift change in the balance of play.
Daggers could easily have been behind inside six minutes of the restart had Richards’ strike partner James Collins connected better from 18 yards.
The hosts, though, slowly found their footing after the break with Muldoon teeing up Chambers in the 57th minute.
Chambers tried to break free off the challenge from Rod McDonald which resulted in a tame shot to the near post which was easily collected.
And Daggers finally took the lead in the 62nd minute through Doidge just seconds after he flashed a header across the face of goal.
The ball was recycled wide to Josh Passley who broke into the box and provided a ball that meant the Welshman only had to touch it to score.
It was a lead that would last just seven minutes as John-Joe O’Toole scored at the far post from a Nicky Adams corner.
That goal put the visitors’ tails up and only a stunning save from Cousins prevented Joel Byrom’s deflected shot from putting them ahead.
Daggers fell behind with 11 minutes remaining when a stunning volley from Ricky Holmes flew into the top left corner from 25 yards.
And the hosts were unable to find a way back to extend their wait for a first home win this season.
Daggers: Cousins; Passley, Worrall, Hoyte, Dikamona, Hemmings; Boucaud (Jones 85), Labadie, Muldoon; Chambers (Cureton 82), Doidge (Hawkins 82)
Unused subs: O’Brien, Raymond, Widdowson, Hickford
Northampton: Smith, Moloney, Diamond, Byrom, Adams (Taylor 87), Hoskins (Richards 46), Buchanan, McDonald, Collins, Martin (Holmes 67), O’Toole
Unused subs: Clarke, Horwood, Cresswell, Lelan
Attendance: 2,379 (including 892 Northampton fans)
Referee: Iain Williamson.