Two early goals prove Daggers undoing in Fleetwood defeat
PUBLISHED: 16:58 03 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:38 03 August 2013
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League Two: Fleetwood Town 3 Dagenham & Redbridge 1
Dagenham & Redbridge opened their League Two season with a disappointing 3-1 loss against Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.
And if Daggers take anything from the game it’s that a marked improvement is needed defending corners, with two of the goals for the hosts coming via that method.
It was a poor start for the Daggers and they found themselves 2-0 down inside the opening 10 minutes.
A corner in from Ryan Crowther was met by the head of skipper Mark Roberts who powered it past Chris Lewington with only six minutes on the clock.
And their woes doubled four minutes later when the ball fell nicely for Jeff Hughes 25 yards from goal and he fired his effort low into the bottom right hand corner.
At that point it appeared to be a case of how many the Daggers would concede, as every Fleetwood set piece caused havoc.
But slowly Wayne Burnett’s side grew into the game, though were caught offside on several occasions, in particular Rhys Murphy.
However, they did turn possession into a goal and it proved to be the former Arsenal youngster Murphy who notched his first for the Daggers after 26 minutes to give them hope.
Billy Bingham’s looping ball over the top found Elito who beat the offside trap and from the byline squared for Murphy to slot home from close range.
Murphy could have added a second 10 minutes later but after doing all the hard work when shrugging off his man, curled his effort wide.
That was how it remained at the break, and it had been a better start to the second for the visitors, without really testing Scott Davies in the Fleetwood goal.
And from another corner the Cod Army re-established their two-goal cushion.
This time Crowther’s ball in found the head of former Southend defender Ryan Cresswell and he slotted it past Lewington.
Jake Reed and Afolabi Obafemi offered some fresh impetus off the bench in a double change from Burnett, and Reed saw one effort well dealt with by Davies.
But the hosts still caused the Daggers problems and substitute Gareth Evans almost added another but Scott Doe managed to superbly clear the effort off the line.
Fleetwood Town: Davies, Hogan, Cresswell, Roberts, Jordan, Brown (Evans 76), Hughes, Schumacher (Murdoch 70), Crowther, Sarcevic, Ball (Matt 77)
Unused substitutes: Pond, McLaughlin, Blair, Lucas.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Hoyte, Doe, Saah, Ilesanmi, Ogogo, Howell, Bingham, Murphy (Woodall 87), Elito (Reed 66), Scott (Obafemi 66).
Unused substitutes: Dennis, Shields, Connors, Seabright.