Labadie double earns Daggers home points
PUBLISHED: 17:01 27 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:01 27 September 2014
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 York 0
Two goals from Joss Labadie earned Dagenham & Redbridge a second home win of the season as they defeated York City 2-0 at Victoria Road.
The summer signing struck in each half for his first goals for the club, with Ashley Chambers assisting both goals to help Daggers earn a third win of the season.
Wayne Burnett made two changes to the side that drew with Cheltenham last weekend and started with a midfield diamond.
Andre Boucaud returned, following his one-match suspension, and Jack Connors came into the team, with George Porter and Nathan Green dropping to the bench.
Joss Labadie was the deepest of the four central midfielders, with Ashley Chambers up top against his former club.
The hosts had the first opportunity of the match after seven minutes following some excellent build up play.
Cureton held the ball up well before laying into the path of Damian Batt, however his cross was too in front of Luke Howell and the Daggers midfielder could only poke over the bar.
Jake Hyde nodded the first corner of the game wide for York as neither side was able to dominate the opening ten minutes.
Michael Coulson’s, who was numberless after getting blood on his jersey, sliced over for the Minstermen after Wes Fletcher had set him up with an acute flick.
Coulson’s continued to cause problems for Daggers and stole the ball off Boucaud before laying the ball to Ryan Jarvis on the right, however his cross in the box failed to reach Fletcher who was closely marked by Matt Partridge.
Marvin McCoy tested Mark Cousins midway through the half from range but neither side was able to create a clear-cut opportunity.
Chambers wasted a decent chance to test York’s Michael Ingham in the 34th minute when he curled a free-kick over the bar before Daggers took the lead a minute later through Labadie’s first for the club.
Boucaud chested the ball down nochantly in midfield before Chambers was released into achres of space down the left hand side.
The former York man cut the ball back, and though it missed Jamie Cureton, it came perfectly for Labadie and he showed great composure to cut inside before curling into the bottom corner.
Daggers grew in confidence following the goal and kept the ball wonderfully well before winning a free kick in a good position on the right.
Chambers whipped in the set piece before York broke quickly through Russell Penn on the right and as left-back Connors closed the Minstermen skipper down he accidently caught him in the process, but despite appeals no penalty was given.
The hosts ended on the front foot after that escape and Labadie had two more efforts but neither troubled goal and it finished 1-0 at the break.
York won a set piece at the start of the second period but Coulson’s could only smash over the bar before Keith Lowe earned the first booking of the game after challenging Boucaud dangerously.
Dave Winfield should have equalised for the visitors in the 59th minute but nodded wide from a corner before Daggers made them pay three minutes later as Labadie scored his second.
Cureton won a free kick out of nothing and Chambers curled in a magnificant ball, which Labadie headed in to give the hosts a two-goal advantage.
York boss Nigel Worthington introduced Lindon Meikle immediately and he nearly had an impact but after feeding Jarvis, the winger dragged his effort wide from inside the box.
Boucaud ambitiously volleyed wide before Coulson went close down the other end as the game entered the final 15 minutes.
Daggers, without a win at home since August 23, were understandably nervous in the closing stages but roared on by manager Burnett they were able to see off York’s advances and earned a vital victory.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Connors, Saah, Partridge, Labadie, Boucaud, Ogogo (c), Howell (Hemmings 78), Chambers (Porter 85), Cureton (Yusuff 90).
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Doe, Green, Goldberg.
York City: Ingham, McCoy, Ilesanmi, Coulson, Summerfield, Fletcher (Platt 68), Penn (c), Jarvis, Lowe, Winfield, Hyde (Meikle 63).
Unused substitutes: Mooney, McCombe, Straker, Montrose, Hirst.
Attendance: 1801 (335 York supporters).