Yusuff’s second half double gives Daggers points at Stanley
PUBLISHED: 16:58 11 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:58 11 October 2014
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Sky Bet League Two: Accrington Stanley 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 2
Ade Yusuff scored his first two goals for the club to help Dagenham & Redbridge come from behind at the Crown Ground to beat Accrington Stanley.
Trailing at half time, manger Wayne Burnett brought on the recent addition after the break and Yusuff repaid the faith shown in him by scoring two stunning goals to give Daggers a vital win.
Burnett made four changes to the side beaten on Tuesday night by local rivals Leyton Orient with Christian Doidge starting in League Two for the first time.
Mark Cousins took up his place in goal after he was rested for Liam O’Brien against the O’s and Matt Partridge, Billy Bingham and Yusuff dropped to the bench.
Jamie Cureton come back in to partner Doidge up front and Jack Connors, fresh from international duty with the Republic of Ireland under-21’s, started at left-back.
Stanley started excellently and could easily have gone ahead in the opening stages had they been more accurate.
Luke Joyce went close in the opening minute but he could only head Sean Maguire’s cross over the bar before Kai Naismith had an effort deflected wide.
Maguire and Naismith both tried to test Daggers Mark Cousins from range but their efforts went over the bar before Burnett’s side started to settle down.
Doidge was causing a nuisance of himself and won a couple of corner kicks but Daggers set piece deliveries were poor.
Stanley fans thought they were ahead in the 13th minute, but their cheers for a goal were premature as Lee Molyneux’s strike was deflected into the side netting.
Jamie Cureton went close four minutes after that chance from Ashley Hemmings’ corner but Nicky Hunt was in close proximity and deflected it over.
Stanley came close again in the 18th minute when Rob Atkinson met a cross from the right but Jack Connors headed clear off the line to keep it goalless.
Clear cut chances were few and far between but Brian Saah forced Aaron Chapman into a save after the ball broke perfectly for him in the box as the visitors appeared to be comfortable.
Scott Doe was a vital presence throughout and made a key block nine minutes before the break after Nicky Hunt had got in down the Daggers left.
However two minutes later Burnett’s side went behind through West Ham loan star Maguire.
Connors dived in on John O’Sullivan and the Stanley winger cut back for Naismith on the edge of the box.
Naismith’s sliced his effort but it went perfectly into the path of Maguire who steered his shot past Cousins and into the bottom corner.
Daggers couldn’t find a response before half time and Ade Yusuff come on at the break to replace Doidge.
The away side threatened six minutes into the second period when Chambers corner was flicked on by Doe to his central defensive partner Saah, but his shot was gathered by Chapman.
The rain started lashing down at the Crown Ground after that but Daggers confidence grew with Yusuff’s pace already causing problems for the Stanley defence.
Captain Abu Ogogo came close with a skidded effort shortly afterwards before Burnett’s half time change worked and Daggers levelled in the 57th minute through Yusuff.
The young forward created an opportunity out of nothing as he ran at one Stanley defender before it seemed like he had lost control of the ball, but the young forward skipped past another marker before drilling into the bottom corner.
It was a stunning piece of play from Yusuff and he didn’t have to wait long before he scored his second goal for the club either.
Just eight minutes after his opener, the former non-league striker produced a step-over before an excellent burst of pace and then riffled into the bottom corner to make it 2-1 to the away side.
Stanley almost replied immediately through Andy Procter but his headed effort smashed against the crossbar before bouncing down on the line and Daggers cleared.
O’Sullivan then dragged an effort into the side netting before Cousins made a point blank save as the game edged into the final 15 minutes.
Molyneux crossed into the box and Joyce’s run went untracked but the Daggers keeper was able to push away his well struck effort to keep his side ahead.
Cousins was again called into action five minutes later and this time to prevent Doe scoring an own goal.
Doe firstly made a brilliant block with his head from Maguire before Molyneux crossed into the box and the Daggers defender sliced towards his own goal but Cousins made a superb save down to his right.
Although Doe came close to scoring an own goal on that occasion, he was immense throughout the match and made several headed clearances and blocks during the latter stages of the match.
Chambers nearly added a third in stoppage time with an audacious lob from near the halfway line but it sailed over the bar and Stanley’s goalkeeper Chapman injured himself in the process and was forced off.
Despite the late pressure from the away side, Daggers stood strong and secured a brilliant fourth win of the season thanks to Yusuff’s brace.
Accrington Stanley: Chapman (Simpson 90), Joyce, Aldred, Winnard, Naismith (Gray 77), Hunt, O’Sullivan, Maguire, Molyneux, Procter, Atkinson.
Unused substitutes: McCartan, Windass, Hatfield, Carver, Barry.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Doe, Saah, Connors, Chambers, Ogogo, Labadie, Hemmings (Bingham 77), Cureton (Porter 68), Doidge (Yusuff 46).
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Goldberg, Partridge, Raymond.
Attendance: 1412 (77 Daggers supporters).