In another highly entertaining game against Morecambe, the Daggers came from behind to
win 2-1 at the Glyn Hopkin Stadium on
Saturday and gain three much needed Conference points.
Daggers welcomed back Paul Bruce (right) in place of the suspended Jake Leberl.
John Still chose though to keep Glen Southam out left initially though playing
Bruce in centre midfield although later in the game both players went back to
their more natural positions.
The game was end to end from the start, both sides having early chances, the
best falling to Chris Moore who got clear of the Morecambe defence but bearing
down on Adam Sollitt kept the ball on his weaker right foot rather than cutting
inside and hit a weak shot straight at the grateful keeper.
Morecambe took the lead on 20 minutes when former Hornchurch winger Lee Elam
burst into the box. His shot deflected straight into the path of Michael Twiss who
placed the ball into the corner of Tony Roberts' net. It could have got much
worse when Carlton had a goal disallowed for offside just two minutes
searched for an equaliser, Mark Janney coming close with a header from a Glen Southam
(left) cross that was easily saved by Sollitt before the equaliser did come.
When it did it was really out of nothing just on the half hour. Lee Flynn played
a hopeful free kick into the box and Sollitt came a long way to collect only to
be beaten to the ball by Ashley Vickers. Ash's header looped towards an empty
net and Bentley flung a desperate leg at lit but could only help it in.
In the second half Morecambe made the initial running and thought they had
scored again when Twiss put the finishing touches to a great cross from the
Morecambe left ball only to turn and see the linesman's flag raised.
Daggers rubbed salt in the wound on 53 minutes with a real route one goal.
Roberts cleared long and Chris Moore (right) flicked the ball on to his strike
partner Craig Mackail-Smith who took the ball on his chest then volleyed the
ball over Sollitt into the far corner.
Almost immediately John Still pulled off Paul Bruce, presumably as he was not
100% fit, pushing Mackail-Smith onto the left and putting Stuart Douglas up
front. The move backfired as, for all Mackail-Smith's talents, he couldn't cope
defensively with Lee Elam and Morecambe began to pour pressure onto the Daggers
defence from the right in particular.
The best chance fell
to Wayne Curtis who had just Tony Roberts (left) to beat but saw his shot ping
back off the post. the ball fell straight to Danny Carlton but Robbo was quick
enough to smother the follow up. This was the best of several good saves to keep
the Daggers ahead on a much better day for the Daggers keeper.
Still rectified his tactical cock-up by replacing Chris Moore with Shane
Blackett (right) on 76 minutes, Blackett going into the problem left midfield
spot freeing Mackail-Smith to go back up top. The move almost paid off
immediately as Mackail-Smith nicked the ball off Sollitt outside of the penalty
area but his shot from wide of the area came back off a post.
After that the game was much more even and despite a couple more decent saves
by Tony Roberts the home side held out to the final whistle to take the three
points which might well have been a little fortuitous, but is the first bit of
luck for the club for a while.