Charlton shine as Daggers disappoint
PUBLISHED: 21:42 23 July 2013 | UPDATED: 21:42 23 July 2013
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Pre-season friendly: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Charlton Athletic 2
Charlton’s class shone through as they comfortably pushed aside a poor Daggers side at Victoria Road.
Chris Powell’s Championship visitors were on top from the off and broke the deadlock with just six minutes on the clock when former Dagger Danny Green’s fine ball in found Danny Hollands who shot through a crowded box past goalkeeper Chris Lewington.
Daggers had little joy in attack and created very little in the opening half as Addicks goalkeeper Ben Hamer spent much of the half as a spectator.
Green and Hollands again interlinked with the latter denied a second by the feet of Lewington four minutes later.
The hosts had their first, and only shot on target in the half after 28 minutes when Rhys Murphy, signed yesterday on a two-year deal, struck an effort from long range but it was easy for Hamer to gather low down.
And just another 60 seconds had passed when the visitors doubled their lead as the lively Chris Solly played the ball along the edge of the box and Callum Harriott curled neatly into the corner past the outstretched hands of Lewington.
Charlton continued to be in the ascendancy for the remainder of the period and Daggers had Scott Doe to thank after clearing another Hollands’ effort off the line after great play from Jordan Cousins.
Harriott this time bent one just wide of the goal as the first half drew to a close.
Powell’s side started where they left off in the second period as Kermorgant managed to beat Lewington to the ball out wide but his curled effort fell agonisingly wide of the mark with the Addicks fans expecting to see the net bulge.
The usual flow of substitutions followed and it took a little while for both to settle down once again.
Zavon Hines’ introduction again sparked the hosts into a little more life and skipper Abu Ogogo had a good effort blocked by Richard Wood, while Josh Scott was denied by former Daggers loanee David Button.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington (Seabright 64), Ilesanmi (Conners 64), Doe, Saah, Hoyte (Gayle 64), Howell (Shields 64), Ogogo, Elito (Bingham 46), Obafemi (Hines 46), Reed (Scott 46), Murphy (Woodall 64).
Charlton Athletic: Hamer (Button 46), Evina, Cort (Morrison 64), Wood (Fox 74), Solly (Hughes 64), Green (Pritchard 74), Stephens (Jackson 74), Harriott, Hollands (Dervite 74, Cousins (Gower 74), Kermorgan (Pigott 74).
Unused substitute: Cook.
Attendance: 1,052 (293 Charlton fans)