late goal from Tony Scully (left) was not enough to prevent his former
team QPR from reaching the third round.
The Daggers put up a good performance in the first half only to have Padula
put Rangers ahead on 38 minutes. The Daggers came close to equalising when
another former QPR player, Paul Bruce nearly succeeded in scoring following a
poor clearance by keeper Nicky Culkin. Only the timely challenge by Terrell
Forbes kept Rangers ahead. Leon Braithwaite kept the pressure on with a good
ball for Tony Scully who unfortunately fired wide.
Daggers kept the heat on in the second half but were thwarted by Nicky Culkin
who saved from Alan Kimble's (right) free-kick and followed up by disappointing
Scully who had taken advantage of a mistake by centre-back Clarke Carlisle.
Rangers second goal came in the 82nd minute when Gareth Ainsworth set up
McLeod who slotted the ball decisively past Tony Roberts, ironically also a
goalkeeping coach at QPR.
Daggers hopes were raised on 87 minutes, when Mark Bentley (left) crossed from
the right allowing Scully to score at the far post. Braithwaite came close to
equalising almost on the final whistle but thanks to Culkin, the Daggers find
themselves out of their second cup competition in three games and in the middle
of a four game losing streak.
Manager, Garry Hill, will be hoping that the coming free weekend will give
him time to work on the team and restore some sort of confidence in time for
next week's game against bottom side, Farnborough Town. A defeat against
Ken Charlery's side would drag the Daggers deep into trouble and almost
certainly put Hill's job in doubt.