Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s team prove too strong for Daggers
17:28 21 February 2015
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Burton Albion 3
Burton Albion scored twice in four second half minutes to turn the course of the game at Victoria Road and consign Dagenham & Redbridge to a first defeat in six games.
Alex Jakubiak put Wayne Burnett’s team ahead in the 67th minute, but they conceded twice soon after and couldn’t force a way back into the match before conceding a third in the 90th minute.
Although disappointing to lose, Daggers can take solace from their performance against the Brewers, who went top with this win. The loss for the hosts drops them to 18th in the table, but they are still six points ahead of the relegation places and looking good despite this defeat.
For the fourth consecutive match Burnett fielded the same 11 players, though Joss Labadie came onto the bench in place of Ade Yusuff.
Daggers boss wasn’t actually in attendance, though, due to the flu and Warren Hackett and Darren Currie were in charge.
The hosts made a sloppy start to proceeding with Andre Boucaud’s poor pass forcing Scott Doe to foul Stuart Beavon, inside the opening minute, just outside the box.
Ivan Carlero stepped up to take the set piece and curled his effort over the wall, but it clipped the bar and went over.
It was a bright start by both teams though as Daggers won various early corner kicks, however they couldn’t make the most of them.
Jamie Cureton came close to netting his 250th league goal after 11 minutes at Victoria Road when the Burton defence misjudged a long ball.
Albion goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin came racing out of his goal on the left hand side and the Daggers forward was able to nip the ball past him. But as he was about to wheel off to celebrate, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff got back brilliantly to hook off the line.
Brewers continued to pose a threat and Adam McGurk tested Mark Cousins from outside the box with 17 played, but the home keeper saved his effort. The contest was scrappy, though, with neither side looked too assured on the ball and long ball the pass of the day.
It was even and Daggers were well in the contest midway through the first period and eight minutes before the break they had a good chance to test McLaughlin for the first time, but Scott Doe headed Boucaud’s corner over the bar at the near post.
Burton did come close to taking the lead right before the break when Beavon forced Cousins into a wonderful save. He controlled just outside the box and unleashed a shot, that took a deflection off Doe and looped up. It seemed like going over Daggers number one and into the net.
However, Cousins superbly tipped over the bar at full stretch to ensure it was goalless at half time.
Burton started the second period strongly and Cousins was again called into action five minutes after the interval when Calero passed into Lucas Akins.
Akins couldn’t beat the home keeper from close range and although Boucaud was sloppily disposed inside his own penalty area, McGurk failed to force the rebound in.
Brewers enjoyed a lot of possession at the start of the second period, but Daggers weathered the storm and slowly got back into the game.
And with 22 minutes played, the home team took the lead when Jakubiak took the ball off former Daggers defender Damien McCrory.
The Watford loan star then worked a yard of space before drilling past McLaughlin and into the bottom corner.
Four minutes later and McCrory had made amends when he helped create the equaliser for McGurk. The defender’s cross into the box was intercepted by Boucaud, the ball came back out to him and he smashed an effort against the crossbar with the outside of his foot.
The ball came to McGurk at the back post and although Widdowson chucked himself in front of the ball, it rolled into the net after Cousins was unable to get across.
And to conclude a crazy eight-minute spell, Hasselbaink’s team went ahead with quarter of an hour remaining when substitute Abdemaser El Khayati converted Phil Edwards cross from the right.
Burton were worth their lead as following Jakubiak’s goal they had turned ultra offensive and had a number of attacks.
Ashley Chambers was introduced with 12 minutes remaining as Daggers looked to preserve their unbeaten record at Victoria Road in 2015.
Hemmings fired widely off target as the game entered the final 10 minutes before Jodi Jones came on, but in the 90th minute the visitors ensured the three points would be going their way when McCrory netted against his old club.
El Khayati did brilliantly down the right and tricked both Doe and Abu Ogogo before the former blocked his shot. The ball came out to McCrory, though, and he cut inside Daggers captain before lashing into the top corner to make it 3-1.
Daggers weren’t able to fashion another opportunity despite four minutes of stoppage time and fell to a first defeat in six games. But it was against strong opposition so they shouldn’t be too disheartened about this loss.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Ogogo, Doe, Obileye, Widdowson, Howell, Bingham, Boucaud, Hemmings (Jones 88), Cureton, Jakubiak (Chambers 78).
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Connors, Saah, Labadie, Carr.
Burton Albion: McLaughlin, Edwards, Cansdell-Sherriff, Mousinho, Weir, Beavon (Antoine-Curier 87), Akins, Calero (El Khayati 65), McCrory, McGurk (Naylor 90), Lenihan.
Unused substitutes: Shearer, Taft, Slade, Harness.
Attendance: 1,718 (119 Burton Albion supporters).