Power the difference as Daggers fall to another home defeat
16:57 13 December 2014
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Tranmere Rovers 1
Max Power scored the only goal of the game for Tranmere Rovers at Victoria Road, to consign Dagenham & Redridge to a seventh home defeat of the season.
In a match void of quality, neither side created too much in the opening 45 and that was the same for the second period as well.
However, Power showed his class 15 minutes from time to give his team a precious three points and end the good form of Wayne Burnett’s side.
Burnett made one change from the last time Daggers played, two weeks ago at Gigg Lane against Bury.
Patrick Agyemang was handed a full debut, replacing Ade Yusuff who dropped to the bench. Joe Widdowson was also on the bench for the first time, alongside recent recruit Alex Jakubiak.
Daggers made a poor start with Damian Batt earning himself a yellow card just two minutes into the match for upending Liam Ridehalgh.
Fortunately for the hosts, Power’s free kick was well overhit and they wasted their good position.
Neither side was able to offer much in the opening exchanges of the game, but Agyemang was making his presence felt.
He won various headers and held the ball up brilliantly in the opening quarter of an hour, and also won a free kick which Billy Bingham smashed into the Traditional Builders Stand.
Power had a great chance for Micky Adam’s side with 22 minutes gone but dragged an effort wide from just outside the area.
Seven minutes later and the home side created their best opening of the first period after Batt trickled his way past Liam Ridehalgh on the right hand side.
He full back composed himself as he ran into the box and cutback for Jamie Cureton, but he scuffed his shot wide of the post.
The visitors started to impose themselves on the game more after that opportunity with Steven Jennings having an effort blocked, whilst Danny Holmes tested Mark Cousins from range.
Marc Laird had a superb chance five minutes before half time, after good play by Shamir Fenelon on the right, but Brian Saah headed his volley over the bar.
Kayode Odejayi headed off target just before half time, as both sides came in level at the break.
Daggers had the first effort of the second period, but Cureton headed wide following Ashley Hemmings deep cross.
But it wasn’t a sign of things to come and Burnett made a double chance just past the hour mark introducing Andre Boucaud and Widdowson, the latter for his debut.
The next best opening for the hosts came following Bingham’s corner kick. Ayo Obileye roses tallest in the box, but headed wide of Owain Fon Williams goal.
Disaster then struck for Burnett’s side 15 minutes from time as the best player on the pitch smashed in the opening goal.
Odejayi held the ball up excellent and laid into the path of the onrushing Power, he took a couple of touches before rifling past Cousins from outside the area.
It was a stunning strike and one the 21-year-old deserved as he had easily been the best player on the pitch through.
Jakubiak was introduced two minutes later as Daggers looked to find an equaliser, but it was the visitors that looked more likely.
And Power nearly added to his tally three minutes from time but his volley flew just wide from 30-yards-out.
Obileye had an effort off target, but it wasn’t to be for the hosts as they fell to another home defeat.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Obileye, Saah, Doe, Hemmings (Widdowson 61), Bingham, Labadie (Jakubiak 77), Chambers (Boucaud 61), Cureton, Agyemang.
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Murphy, Porter, Yusuff.
Tranmere Rovers: Fon Williams, Holmes, Donacien, Holness, Ihiekwe, Ridehalgh, Power, Jennings, Laird (Rowe 49), Odejayi, Fenelon (Stockton 72).
Unused substitutes: Pilling, Woodards, Jahraldo-Martin, Donnelly, Madjo.
Attendance: 1,840 (211 Tranmere Rovers supporters).