For the second week running the Daggers won at a canter to beat a team that had
thrashed them earlier in the season, this time the win at Accrington overturning
a 5-0 home defeat in the midst of a miserable September.
Ashley Vickers unavailable due to his hand injury John Still brought back Anwar Uddin
(right) to start in central defence in an otherwise unchanged team. On the bench
was loan signing from Brentford, Matt Harrold, which meant that Tony Boot missed
out on the 16.
The Daggers started well and had the first attempt on goal when the excellent
Glen Southam’s shot on the half volley was taken comfortably by Accrington keeper Paul Crichton. Chris Moore,
Paul Bruce and Craig Mackail-Smith also all had shots early on, only CMS forcing
Crichton into a save.
the half wore n though it was Stanley that took the upper hand in the game. the
Daggers almost shot themselves in the foot after fifteen minutes when Lee Flynn
(left) hit a poor back-pass that was picked off by the ever unpopular Rory
Prendergast. The visitors were rescued by Lee Goodwin though who got back to
block the cross to an unmarked Paul Mullin who would have had a tap in.
Tony Roberts, sent off for stupidity in the home game against Stanley, kept
the scores level with a great fingertip save to keep out Lee McEvilly’s shot
and then saw Jagielka shoot just wide when well placed.
The Daggers started fast again in the second half and just two minutes after the
break they were 1-0 up when Lee Goodwin leapt the highest to meet Paul Bruce's
goal changed the game completely and ten minutes later it was 2-0, Chris Moore
(right) demonstrating the sniffer instinct when Mark Janney's shot was spilled
by Crichton and he was on it in a flash to bang home the rebound.
both sets of fans blinking in disbelief at the turn around in the game, John
Still sent on Matt Harrold for a debut to replace Craig Mackail-Smith. He had
been on for only a minute or so when he made it 3-0 in the most impressive of
arrivals. Mark Janney (left) got a cross in from the right and Harrold coolly
finished it from close range to seal the points with still 25 minutes left
in the game.
stormed back at the Daggers in an attempt to get back into the game and had
chances to get a consolation at least, but again they found Robbo (right) in
form. Both Jagielka and Ian Craney shot wide before another Jagielka shot
was well saved. The final chance fell to Jonathan Smith who headed over from a corner.
The three points from the Daggers keeps them in 11th but means the play off
race has compressed once again. Just seven points separate 3rd place from 14th
and with three games in the next week over Christmas and New Year a haul of 7 or
even 9 points from those games would leave any club in with a real shot of a top
five place at the end of the season.