Late goals defeat Daggers
22:50 03 October 2014
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Exeter City 2
Dagenham & Redbridge conceded in the fourth minute of injury time to fall to sixth defeat of the League Two season following an excellent second half comeback from Exeter City.
The Grecians scored in the 81st minute through Jimmy Keohane before Arron Davies headed a late winner to give them a deserved three points.
It was a case of what could have been for Daggers after Jamie Cureton 10th minute opener and they missed numerous chances during a dominate first half display before falling to a late defeat.
Wayne Burnett made one change to the side that defeated York last weekend as Luke Howell dropped out of the squad and was replaced in the starting team by Ashley Hemmings.
The hosts made a sloppy start to proceedings, giving the ball away on several occasions during the opening exchanges of the game.
Ashley Chambers had the first effort of note, when he linked up with Cureton, but Exeter’s Christy Pym easily saved his shot from outside the box.
And the next time Daggers attacked they took the lead, thanks to a genius turn from Cureton inside the box.
Joss Labadie, who had started the game tremendously, picked up the ball in midfield and burst past his marker before laying to Damian Batt.
And the full back passed into Cureton, and he turnt his marker brilliantly with one touch before firing into the roof of the net.
It was a brilliant goal and settled Daggers after a shaky start but they should have made it two, just 11 minutes after the opening goal.
Danny Butterfield played a pass straight to Cureton, on the edge of the Exeter box, but with just Pym to beat the forward curled past the post, to the astonishment of everyone inside the stadium.
The visitors responded straight away and Mark Cousins was forced to tip Christian Ribeiro’s cross-cum-shot over the bar.
But Daggers continued to grow in confidence and did have the ball in the net in the 32nd minute but Cureton was correctly adjudged to be offside.
Two minutes later and the hosts enjoyed more joy on the right side as Chambers burst past three players but scuffed his shot across the face of goal to stop him scoring a dream opening league goal for the club.
Although Exeter started to get more possession as the half drew to a close, Burnett’s side always looked comfortable and their pressing forced the Grecians into various needless errors.
Cureton continued to cause problems for the visitors too and forced Pym into a wonderful save a minute before the break.
Like he did for his first, the forward spun his marker with a brilliant first touch and his goalbound shot took a wicked deflection but Pym was able to change direction and claw the ball away for a corner.
That opportunity came to nothing but in the three minutes added on, Exeter came close to equalising on two occasions.
First Brian Saah deflected Alex Nicholls shot from the edge of the area onto the post, with Cousins beaten, before Liam Sercombe had an effort cleared off the line from the resulting corner.
Much to the relief of the hosts, the half time whistle shortly followed but the Grecians started the second period strongly and it was a sign of things to come.
Matty Grimes tested Cousins with a free kick before Jordan Moore-Taylor fizzed a dangerous ball across the Daggers box as Exeter continued to press for an equaliser.
Cureton did give the hosts some encouragement when he tried an audacious half volley from 25-yards-out but Pym saved well.
The away side continued to look for an equaliser but Daggers held firm and were able to surive a succession of corners before it appeared they had survived the storm.
Back came Exeter though, as Grimes went close with a curling effort from outside the box before the visitors pressure eventually brought reward.
Nicholls ran into the box and was ajudged to have been brought down by Matt Partridge but the Exeter forward did look to already be on his way to the ground.
Despite Daggers appeals, the penalty was awarded and substitute Jimmy Keohane sent Cousins the wrong way to level the scores with just nine minutes remaining.
Burnett sent on Christian Doidge for his home debut after the goal and he came close four minutes from time but fired over, following a neat turn.
Then as seven minutes were added on, Exeter substitute David Wheeler came close to securing a winner for his side but Cousins blocked brilliantly to keep it level.
Worst was to come for Daggers, though, as the unmarked Davies headed into the top corner in the fourth minute of injury time to give Exeter all three points.
And though Burnett’s team tried to respond, Exeter looked the more likely and held on for a deserved win.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Connors, Saah, Partridge, Chambers, Boucaud (Doidge 81), Labadie, Ogogo, Hemmings (Porter 73), Cureton.
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Doe, Green, Goldberg, Yusuff.
Exeter: Pym, Butterfield, Davies, Ribeiro, Oakley, Moore-Taylor, Sercombe (Keohane 69), Grimes, Bennett, Nicholls (Jay 81), Nichols (Wheeler 66).
Unused substitutes: Hamon, Dawson, Riley-Lowe, Tillson.
Attendance: 2138 (402 Exeter supporters).