Daggers lose top spot after Dale strike

TWO goals in a minute condemned Dagenham & Redbridge to their first home defeat of the season as their reign on top of the League Two table proved a short one.

COCA-COLA LEAGUE TWO

Daggers 1 Rochdale 2

by MIKE SIMMONDS

TWO goals in a minute condemned Dagenham & Redbridge to their first home defeat of the season as their reign on top of the League Two table proved a short one.


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It had looked like they would keep their place at the summit as Peter Gain gave them a fourth minute lead, but strikes from Kallum Higginbotham and Craig Dawson saw Rochdale leap above Daggers into third.

The hosts showed no signs of nerves as they were ahead in the opening five minutes as Gain nodded Danny Green's cross into the top corner.

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They might have extended the lead, but Tom Heaton pulled off a superb save from Josh Scott, while the striker wasted another great chance in the second half.

For all of Daggers dominance they were undone on 70 minutes when substitute Higginbotham netted with an angled drive, while 60 seconds later, Dawsom arrived to stab home a corner.

John Still's side ended the game with 10 men too as replacement Wes Thomas was dismissed for a crude challenge on Chris Dagnall in the closing stages.

For a full report see Wednesday's Dagenham Post.

Daggers: Tony Roberts, Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Matt Lockwood, Will Antwi, Scott Doe, Danny Green (Abu Ogogo 90), Stuart Thurgood (Jon Nurse 69), Adam Miller, Peter Gain, Josh Scott (Wes Thomas 73), Paul Benson.

Subs not used: Chris Lewington, Tommy Tejan-Sie, Steven Demetriou.

Sent off: Thomas

Rochdale: Tom Heaton, Scott Wiseman, Tom Kennedy, Jason Kennedy, Chris Dagnall (Ciaran Toner 90), Craig Dawson, Chris O'Grady, Rory McArdle (Will Buckley 46), Marcus Holness, Will Atkinson (Kallum Higginbotham 62), Jason Taylor.

Subs not used: Danny Taberner, Scott Spencer, Chris Brown, Matthew Flynn.

Booked: Tom Kennedy

Attendance: 2,235 (away 294).

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