Palace pick up win in pre-season opener against solid Daggers
PUBLISHED: 17:22 20 July 2013 | UPDATED: 19:24 20 July 2013
Pre-season friendly: Daggers 1 Crystal Palace 2
Dagenham & Redbridge put in a good display against Premier League visitors Crystal Palace, but in the end lost out at Victoria Road with former Dagger Dwight Gayle making his first Palace appearance off the bench.
It was Ian Holloway’s top flight newcomers who started the brightest and trialist Atdhe Nuhiu should have put Palace in front after rounding Daggers goalkeeper Chris Lewington, but Brian Saah was able to clear the effort off the line.
Burnett’s side were showing some good touches, including young left back Jack Conners, and a good run from Jake Reed after 15 minutes could have ended in a penalty after he was tripped in the box by Danny Gabbidon. Referee Darren Deadman, however, waved play on.
Afolabi Obafemi then shot wide as the hosts enjoyed some in attack before Luke Howell fizzed a long range effort wide of Julian Speroni’s goal.
Conners went on to superbly block Stephen Dobbie when through on goal but the pressure was relentless.
Lewington twice denied Dobbie but couldn’t get down thwart Nuhiu after heading Quincy Owusu-Abeyie’s right wing cross goalwards.
Unperturbed, the Daggers still created chances, and after a lovely move across the pitch, Obafemi had Speroni at full stretch to tip his curling effort behind for a corner as the half drew to a close.
Dwight Gayle came on for his Palace debut in the second half, with Holloway fielding a completely different side to the one which finished the first.
While for Daggers, Burnett took the opportunity to look at former West Ham striker Zavon Hines, who was released by Bradford last season.
The second half was slower to get going but Palace doubled their lead when Obafemi clumsily brought down Quade Taylor in the box, and Owen Garvan tucked the penalty away after 56 minutes.
Gayle had his first attempt for Palace three minutes later when he jinked inside Hoyte but Lewington was equal to the effort.
Daggers did pull one back when the lively Hines was pulled down by Taylor in the box, and Medy Elito slotted past Ross Fitz-Simmonds.
The game did begin to peter out, though substitute goalkeeper Jordan Seabright was forced into a good save to deny Gayle after the former Dagger got a head to Elliott Grandin’s deep cross from the right.
Hines continued to shine for the Daggers as the game entered the final 10 minutes.
Drifting in off the right, Hines fizzed a ball across the goal only to see it blocked to Brian Woodall but he was unable to get a clean contact and fluffed his line.
And the hosts had one final chance to draw level through substitute Sean Shields but he flashed his effort into the side netting.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington (Seabright 70), Conners (Ilesanmi 60), Doe (I Gayle 70), Saah, Hoyte (Shields 60), Elito, Ogogo Howell (Bingham 60), Murphy (Woodall 70), Obafemi (Macklin 60), Reed (Hines 46).
Crystal Palace first half: Speroni, Ward, Owusu-Abeyie, Phillips, Dobbie, O’Keefe, Atdhe Nuhiu, Jonathan Williams, Gabbidon, Jerome Williams, Wynter.
Crystal Palace second half: Fitz-Simmonds, Inniss, Taylor, Garvan, Sow, Grandin, D Gayle, Wilbraham, Moxey, Boateng, Ramage.