Fuller the difference for Dons against Daggers
16:58 15 November 2014
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Sky Bet League Two: AFC Wimbledon 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0
Barry Fuller scored the only goal of the game at Cherry Red Records Stadium to separate AFC Wimbledon and Dagenham & Redbridge.
Fuller’s strike was his first in eight years in the football league and it consigned the Victoria Road club to another defeat.
They pushed the Dons all the way though and could count themselves unlucky to not come away with a point.
But ultimately it was another league game without a victory, with Daggers winless league run stretching over a month now.
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett made two changes to the side held by non-league Southport last weekend, with Ashley Hemmings and Ade Yusuff earning recalls.
Jamie Cureton and Nathan Green dropped to the bench, meaning Hemmings lined up at left-back.
Dons manager Neal Ardley made three changes to the team beaten by Bristol City on Tuesday night.
Adebayo Akinfenwa, George Francomb and Frankie Sutherland were handed starting berths, with Sammy Moore, Ade Azzez and Jake Nicholson dropping to the bench.
The hosts made a strong start to proceedings at the Cherry Red Records Stadium with Matt Partridge deflecting Sean Rigg’s dangerous strike over the bar.
From the first corner Dannie Bulman, on the edge of the box, smashed a long range strike goalwards but the ball took a wicked deflection and Daggers keeper Mark Cousins was relieved to see the ball say wide of his post.
And from the second corner kick, the visitors nearly found themselves behind again but Hemmings was able to clear Akinfenwa’s header off the line.
Yusuff had the Victoria Road outfits first opportunity of note but he sliced over the bar from outside the area.
Daggers appeared to have seen out the early Dons storm but they were soon to be punished for failing to deal with another Francomb corner kick.
The right winger curled the ball in and Adam Barrett’s knock down dropped for Fuller, who smashed in his first Football League goal in eight years.
But Burnett’s side continued to try and impose themselves on the game and George Porter looked a continuous threat on the left.
He sliced wide midway through the half after cutting inside before heading a Billy Bingham corner over the bar a few minutes later.
Six minutes before the break and Daggers should have got themselves level – with Porter again involved.
The former Wimbledon player cut inside onto his favoured right foot, and chipped in the perfect ball for skipper Abu Ogogo.
But the visitors captain inexplicably side footed wide from a couple of yards out with just James Shea to beat.
It was a huge chance but Daggers continued to press and Ashley Chambers had an effort deflected over the bar following Hemming’s centre as the away side grew in confidence.
They did survive a scare into time added on at the end of the first half when Rigg headed towards goal, but Cousins saved and Daggers were able to clear to only trail by one at the break.
The Dons started strongly after the break with Tubbs having an acrobatic volley saved by Cousins two minutes into the second half.
But Porter was soon to be involved again, as he cut inside and delivered another excellent cross but it evaded everyone and went out for a goal kick.
Burnett decided to introduce Cureton and Rhys Murphy in the 66th minute, reverting to 4-4-2 in search of some desperate points.
And the duo immediately look threatening with Murphy firing across the face of goal straight after his introduction.
Cureton was also in the action and nearly got an opening in the 74th minute but he was brought down by Alan Bennett just outside the Dons box.
The resulting free kick came to nothing but a minute later and Daggers players, fans and management when they were denied a penalty kick by referee Brendan Malone.
Chambers passed into Cureton who raced through on goal, he scuffed his effort but home keeper Shea crashed into the forward.
However to the shock of Cureton, Malone waved play on despite the fury of the visitors players.
A minute after that and again Daggers go through on goal as Ogogo threaded the ball into Chambers, but he side footed wide with just Shea to beat.
Burnett’s side continued to press for a late goal and forced the host to retreat deeper and deeper.
As the game were into injury time, Bulman could have added a second for the Dons but dragged his shot wide.
Before Ayo Obileye was brought on for his Daggers debut but in an unconventional forward positon.
He couldn’t make much of an impact and when Hemmings cross flew out of play that was it for the away side and they were left to complete another league defeat, their 10th of the season.
AFC Wimbledon: Shea, Fuller, Smith, Sutherland, Barrett, Bennett, Rigg, Bulman, Akinfenwa (Azeez 78), Tubbs (Moore 78), Francomb.
Unused substitutes: McDonnell, Kennedy, Beere, Nicholson, Oakley.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt (Obileye 90), Saah, Partridge, Hemmings, Chambers, Howell (Cureton 66), Bingham, Ogogo, Porter, Yusuff (Murphy 66).
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Green, Labadie, Doe.
Attendance: 3887 (238 Dagenham & Redbridge supporters).