Daggers slip to foot of the table with Hartlepool defeat
PUBLISHED: 16:55 25 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:55 25 August 2018
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National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Hartlepool United 2
Dagenham & Redbridge fell to a third consecutive defeat as they let a lead slip and suffered a 1-2 defeat to Hartlepool United.
The Daggers got off to a bright start and found themselves in front at half-time but goals from the Pools Michael Woods and Liam Noble sealed the three points for the visitors to leave the hosts bottom of the National League table at Victoria Road.
Manager Peter Taylor made one change from the side who lost 2-1 to Halifax Town on the weekend as Elliot Romain comes back into the line-up for Lamar Reynolds who drops to the bench.
While, Matt Bates decided to stick with the same starting line-up to the side who sealed a 2-1 victory against Maidenhead United.
The hosts got off to a promising start as Romain made an interception, run down the left flank, cut in and looked to shoot but missed the ball.
The ball then fell to captain Matt Robinson who took a shot but it was blocked before he tried his luck again but his shot was cleared out for a corner in the fourth minute.
Taylor’s side continued their early pressure as Romain once again caused a few more problems, as he turned and flicked the ball to Tomi Adeloye, who played it back out wide to his strike partner.
Romain made a blistering run down the right before picking out Adeloye inside the box but his effort was blocked.
The 26-year-old Romain continued to be a pest as he went close and headed an effort just over the bar after a good ball in from left-back Liam Gordon in the 13th minute.
In the 21st minute it was opponent Hartlepool with a golden chance as striker Niko Muir turned on the edge of the box and hit a shot towards the goal but Elliott Justham held it comfortably.
Seven minutes later, the visitors had another chance, when Michael Woods drilled a shot from long range that hit the crossbar.
Daggers got back on the front foot and it was Adeloye with another chance but he fired a shot wide of the goal.
They were finally rewarded for their dominance when Alex McQueen broke the deadlock when he slotted the ball in at the back post after Romain played the ball across the goal for the wing-back after the striker was played in after Gordon knocked it over the defence.
It was 1-0 at half-time but the hosts came out slow and after just three minutes in the second-half Woods stabbed the ball into the back of the net from inside the box to get his side level.
The Pools then took the lead in the 62nd minute as Liam Noble slotted home a penalty after Ben Goodliffe dived in front of a shot, blocking it with his hand, and being given a yellow card.
They then created a bundle of chances and they almost capitalised on one of those in the 80th minute when Daggers defender Alex Davey’s control let him down and he gave the ball to Muir before it eventually found Woods who fired straight at Justham from close range.
Bates’ side held strong and held on for the final ten minutes despite one late chances for the Daggers.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, McQueen, Davey, Goodliffe, Pennell, Gordon (Hyde 75), Wright, Donovan (Kandi 61), Robinson, Romain, Adeloye (Reynolds 61)
Unused subs: Moore, Hoyte.
Hartlepool United: Loach, Kioso, Kitching, Magnay, Noble, Donaldson, Woods (McLaughlin 85), Featherstone, Anderson, Muir (Dinanga 87), James.
Unused subs: Catterick, Lang, Newton.