Daggers go out with a whimper!
COCA-COLA LEAGUE TWO Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Lincoln City 3 by MIKE SIMMONDS DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE suffered their third home defeat on the bounce after this horror show against Lincoln City on Tuesday night, writes MIKE SIMMONDS. In under a fortnight s tim
COCA-COLA LEAGUE TWO
Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Lincoln City 3
by MIKE SIMMONDS
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE suffered their third home defeat on the bounce after this horror show against Lincoln City on Tuesday night, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.
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In under a fortnight's time, the Sky TV cameras are coming to Victoria Road for Daggers' clash with league-leaders Brentford, and the viewing public will be thankful they were spared this fiasco.
It was obvious from the opening moments that the hosts were off the boil and unfortunately things never improved.
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A sparse crowd of just 1,302 did nothing to help the players, with a timid atmosphere throughout and neither did the horrible conditions, but still, they can't be blamed for the ease that Lincoln took the three points.
In Dany N'Guessan, they had the game's stand out player and thankfully, he livened up proceedings in a terrible match.
The mercurial winger slashed one effort over, before forcing a fine save from Tony Roberts, who dashed from his line to block with an outstretched leg.
Daggers, who opted to leave new loan signing Jamie Guy on the bench, finally had an opportunity of note midway through the half, when Matt Ritchie produced a good cross that was hacked clear, and then Doug Loft sent a volley wildly over.
The deadlock was finally broken just before the interval when N'Guessan was allowed to get a cross in by Ritchie, and full back Aaron Brown was given the freedom of Victoria Road to head past Roberts.
If the first half was bad, the second half didn't get much better with Daggers anonymous, especially in midfield.
Changes should have been made at the break, as it was quite clear that fresh impetus was needed, but Daggers boss John Still opted to keep faith with his starting 11.
They did force a number of corners and free kicks, but time and time again the delivery was poor and it failed to clear the first defender.
Imps keeper Rob Burch was finally tested as Sam Saunders wriggled to the byline before pulling the ball back, but Ben Strevens' low drive was straight at the keeper's legs.
Solomon Taiwo and Guy were finally introduced from the bench, and it did signal a slight upturn in Daggers' fortunes, with Ritchie cutting inside and firing a shot that Burch tipped behind.
But with just six minutes remaining, Daggers were finally put out of their misery when N'Guessan broke clear on the right and his cross was turned in by Anthony Elding.
That goal sparked an exodus amongst the meagre crowd, but it got worse for the ones who stayed behind, as Janos Kovacs took advantage of more poor defending to bundle the ball over the line.