Plymouth’s Reid’s consign Daggers to a loss
17:56 20 December 2014
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Sky Bet League Two: Plymouth Argyle 3 Dagenham Redbridge 0
Dagenham & Redbridge were downed by Reuben and Bobby Reid at Home Park as they fell to defeat against a strong Plymouth Argyle side.
Wayne Burnett’s side conceded four minutes before half time, after matching the hosts for large parts of the first period.
They conceded early in the second period as well and in the end couldn’t make the most of good positions all afternoon and lost for the 12th time in the league this season.
Burnett made three changes to the side defeated by Tranmere Rovers last weekend with Joe Widdowson making his full debut.
Andre Boucaud and Ade Yusuff were also handed starts in place of Ashley Chambers and Patrick Agyemang, whilst Ashley Hemmings missed out on facing his former club through injury.
The visiting supporters only just made kick-off as well as their coach broke down at a service station in Reading.
Fortunately a replacement was quick in coming and the majority Daggers faithful arrived at the stadium with a few minutes to spare.
The hosts were forced to make a late change to their line-up as vice-captain, but skipper for the day, Peter Hartley was injured in the warm-up.
Aaron Bentley came in for him, with Marvin Morgan on the bench for the Pilgrims to give Daggers a nice boost before kick-off.
And the away side started with great intent as Yusuff scuffed a shot inside the box during the opening minute, after a poor back pass from Anthony O’Connor.
Joss Labadie brought the ball forward a minute later and fizzed an effort wide of the target as Burnett’s team looked to get the opening goal.
The hosts hit back straight away, though, and Lee Cox dragged an effort wide after good work by Lewis Alessandra.
The game had started at an extremely fast pace and started to slow after the energetic opening.
Jamie Cureton had a tremendous lobbed effort with quarter of an hour played following Ayo Obileye’s intelligent through ball, but it bounced just wide of Luke McCormick’s goal.
Argyle again hit back though, and Alessandra ran at Obileye before working some space, but Mark Cousins was equal to his effort and parried away from goal.
The first booking of the match went to Daggers loan star Obileye as he lunged in on Alessandra.
The Pilgrims supporters were calling for a red card, but a yellow was rightly awarded as the game continued to simmer nicely.
Both sides wasted decent opportunities with free kicks just outside the box before Brian Saah came close to converting Billy Bingham’s centre nine minutes before the break.
The ball bounced just in front of the Daggers skipper and gratefully into the hands McCormick to keep it goalless.
The deadlock was broken five minutes later, though, with Rueben Reid firing in his 10th league goal of the season.
His namesake Bobby Reid played a wonderful ball out wide to Alessandra, who ran towards the byline.
Alessandra played the perfect pass across the box and Reuben Reid tapped in from a few yards out to give the home side a 41st minute lead.
Bobby Reid curled a shot over the bar a minute later before the half time whistle followed as all Daggers efforts rewarded them with nothing.
As usual, Burnett’s side came out early for the second half but it was the Pilgrims that started with more intent and they doubled their lead five minutes after the break.
Rueben Reid went through one-on-one with Cousins and unselfishly squared for Bobby Reid to tap into the empty net.
Daggers responded by bringing Rhys Murphy and Alex Jakubiak on, but it couldn’t inspire any sort of comeback and the hosts continued to show their class.
Cox side footed wide from outside the area after wonderful link-up play between Andy Kellett and Alessandra.
Agyemang was introduced with 20 minutes remaining, but it was Jakubiak who had Daggers best chance in the second half.
However, his shot was deflected and the sting was taken out of his effort before their misery was compounded in the 77th minute when referee Carl Berry gave the softest of spot-kicks to Argyle.
Alessandra ran at Obileye, and the Daggers defender slightly touched the Plymouth man and he fell to the ground.
And referee Berry deemed that enough for a penalty, which Reuben Reid fired past Cousins to put the hosts three goals to the good.
Daggers pushed to get a consolation, but they never really looked like scoring and fell to back-to-back defeats.
Plymouth Argyle: McCormick, O’Connor, McNugh, Bentley, Cox, B.Reid (Harvey 84), Norburn, Kellett, Alessandra (Banton 82), R.Reid (Morgan 82).
Unused substitutes: Bittner, Purrington, Harvey, Thomas, Allen.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Doe, Saah, Obileye, Widdowson, Bingham, Labadie (Murphy 54), Boucaud, Cureton (Agyemang 70), Yusuff (Jakubiak 54).
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Chambers, Howell, Partridge.
Attendance: 7176 (65 Dagenham & Redbridge supporters).