The Daggers went out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage on Saturday, well
beaten by a strong Orient side, but could well have made more of the chances
that came their way and made it very different.
Daggers lined up with Lee Flynn at left back behind Anwar Uddin (right) showing
more of his versatility, still missing Paul Bruce up the left. Chris Moore was
considered only fit enough for the bench which meant Stuart Douglas and Craig
Mackail-Smith got the nod up front.
Daggers made a good start cheered on by noisy support forcing a series of early
corners and pressing the O's back. Glen Southam (left) had a shot fly wide of Lee Harrison’s goal.
Orient scored their first somewhat against the run of play then, when in the
11th minute Tim Cole’s headed clearance from a long throw dropped to Matt
Lockwood well outside the area. His shot went through a crowded penalty box
untouched and in at the left hand corner of Tony Roberts net to give the O's the
The early goal meant that it was going to be an open match and it was never dull
for the 4,155 present. Both teams had chances. For the home side first Michael Simpson's
shot was well saved by Tony Roberts, then Simpson and Lee Steele set up Andy Scott, who
just missed the target.
Daggers really should have got level though when Mark Janney (right) burst into the penalty area
and placed his shot at Harrison's left hand corner and the O's keeper just
finger tipped it round the post. Lee Goodwin headed the subsequent corner from Lee
Flynn just wide.
Orient always looked dangerous though despite he Daggers chances, with good
passing football opening up space. They made it 2-0 on 38 minutes, Steele
finding space on the left side of Daggers’ penalty area and his chipped cross found
David Hunt at the far post, the header pinging in off the post. The home fans
thought it was 3-0 just after when Lockwood's free kick was just over, ruffling
the net on the rebound off the building work wall. Even so 2-0 slightly
flattered the O's at half time.
The Daggers came out for the second half, desperate to find a way back into the
game. Janney shot wide from ten yards out when he should have hit the target and
then Stuart Douglas (left) was denied by a great point blank save by Harrison.
The Daggers adventure meant space for the O's going forward, and this eventually
cost the visitors the game. with just less than an hour gone Jabo Ibehre caused
havoc running at the Daggers back four and it could have been any one of three
Orient players that could have scored but in the end Hunt slipped the ball to Wayne Carlisle to tap home at the far post.
their credit the Daggers kept going forward even though it was now a forlorn
hope to get back in the game. Moore (right) replaced Douglas and his more direct
style of play gave the visitors extra options. Glen Southam should have had a penalty when his shot was charged down with
an obvious use of hands as the Daggers piled forward still.
In the end the Daggers did win a spot kick when Craig Mackail-Smith, who
buzzed around all afternoon, burst into the box from the right flank and
was crudely bundled over by Gabriel Zakuani. Chris Moore scored
emphatically from the kick but the referee decided that a Dagger had encroached
and ordered a retake. Moore took again and this time Harrison got a hand on the
shot but still could not keep it out.
That left just seven minutes plus injury time and it was too little too late.
The Daggers kept going forward up until the final whistle then tool the applause
of their fans as the FA Cup dream ended for another season.
In the draw on Sunday afternoon the O's were given an away tie at Oldham
Athletic in the second round and we wish them all the best for that one.