The Daggers had another disastrous day at the Glyn Hopkin stadium against a
decent Stanley side that made the most of the opportunities that came their way.
Still again rang the changes looking to change the Daggers fortunes. This week
it was Midson and Flynn that stepped down to the bench, replaced by Tony Boot
(right) and Danny Hill. While Danny Hill has been looking worth a place in
several good reserves showings, left of midfield did not seem the obvious place
for him. Sure enough Danny kept sliding inside and rather exposing Shane
Blackett as a result.
Both Moore and Boot looked lively when they got the ball, but this happened
far too rarely, all too often again the Daggers resorting to attempting balls
over the top of a big defence rather than passing the ball around.
A stiff breeze blowing more or less down the ground from the Pondfield end
made it a difficult day to play good football and much of the first half went by
without too much to remark about. Accrington were clearly on top but the Daggers
looked reasonably comfortable playing against the wind.
As often seems to be the case on this sort of day, it was the officials that
turned the game. The Daggers looked to have got to half time level when in
the 44th minute Craney hit a shot from the edge of the area which was blocked by
Blackett at close range and after a couple of seconds thought the referee
decided that Blackett had handled. Quite how he was able to judge intent when
Shane was no more than a yard from the shot was difficult to understand.
After loud and lengthy Dagger protests Ged Brannan eventually took the spot kick to Roberts
right and in the corner to make it 1-0 at half time.
You know that you are out of luck when even the elements are against you as
the wind dropped in the second half when play resumed. The game looked fairly
even though as the Daggers looked to get back on terms and Stanley continued to
look a strong side from back to front.
The game turned in a five minute spell just after the hour. Craney was put
away up the Daggers left and, challenged by Ashley Vickers, managed to find a
little space and get his shot in. As Tony Roberts dived right the ball pinged
off Shane Blackett and into the net to his left.
bad position became impossible five minutes later in a moment of madness for the
Daggers popular and very experienced goalkeeper. Rory Prendegast ran into the
area and looked favourite to score until brilliantly tackled at full stretch by
Vickers (right). Prendergast tumbled to the floor looking for the penalty and as
the ball was cleared with most of the crowd watching that Tony Roberts and
Prendergast had a frank and honest exchange of views.
Prendegast climbed to his feet and Roberts appeared to cuff him. Whether it
was playful or with intent is difficult to say but Prendergast went down as if
shot. The incident was seen by the assistant who flagged strongly, but amazingly
the referee seemed to have also seen the incident even though play was up by the
half way line at that point and showed Roberts a straight red.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of Prendergast's actions, Robbo ought to know
better than being conned into what he did and will rightfully be facing the
wrath of John Still for getting a three match ban at a difficult time for the
upshot of all this was a Conference debut at last for Abi Baruwa (right), coming
on for Blackett. The game restarted with a second penalty for Stanley and
Baruwa's first job was to pick the ball out of the net as Brennan stuck it in to
Just four minutes later it was 4-0. Paul Mullin ran through on his own and
although Baruwa saved the first effort, the rebound fell kindly and Mullin
rolled it into the empty net.
The game ended with the disappointingly small crowd heading to the exits
early, and many will have missed Accrington's fifth when Ged Brennan completed
his hattrick slipping home from close range after a session of penalty area
pinball in the second added minute.
result is the third defeat in a row for the Daggers whose great start to this
season is now firmly consigned to the history books. Worryingly for manager John
Still (left), the Daggers have shipped 10 goals without reply in those games and
look severely out of sorts. They now face three more tough games at Aldershot and at Gravesend
and then at home to Halifax without Tony Roberts. The Daggers record worst run
of four consecutive defeats looks under threat right at this moment.
Still told ConferenceFootball.tv
that it was back to work Monday as normal to try to work a way out of the
current slump. Good luck John!