The Daggers got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win at home to Crawley Town,
leaving it late with a goal in the 83rd minute from Chris Moore.
Still shuffled his pack a little for this one. Leaving Ashley Vickers, available
again, out he played Shane Blackett alongside Anni Uddin (right) in the heart of
defence, a move which paid off handsomely. Danny Foster got a rest, Lee Goodwin
playing right back and Steve Clark was dropped following his disagreement with
the manager at Stevenage. Craig Mackail-Smith moved wide with Tony Boot
partnering Chris Moore up front.
The home side had the better of the chances throughout although Crawley did
make a few chances they rarely troubled Tony Roberts, either shooting straight
at him or wide repeatedly.
In the second half the Daggers started to take full control and could have
gone ahead almost straight from the restart, Tony Boot's shot resulting from a
corner fizzing inches over the bar.
an effort to make a breakthrough John Still hauled off the ineffective again
Jake Leberl on 67 minutes, putting on Jack Midson (left), back from loan at
Hemel Hempstead. Jack will have strengthened his case for a place as after that
is was completely one way traffic.
The Daggers had a great penalty shout turned down when Mackail-Smith's pass
across the area was obviously deflected from harm by a defenders arm. The home
crowd started to get into the game too and the introduction of Bai Mas Lette
Jallow Tony Boot let CMS move up top. Almost immediately the sub crossed for for
Lee Goodwin and his header hit the post as the Daggers pressed for the winner.
In the 83rd minute the Daggers finally got a reward for their dominance.
Ironically considering their dominance it was a break away goal of some
burst out of defence but was tackled by the final defender who played the ball
out near the Daggers bench. Terry Harris quickly threw the dead ball to Chris
Moore (right) to take a quick throw to Craig Mackail-Smith. In the clear, CMS
ran at the remnants of the Crawley defence then slipped it back to Moore who
slammed it home from the edge of the area. Sharp thinking all round.
Crawley did have a shout for a penalty in injury time when the ball struck
Paul Bruce but it was ball to arm rather than arm to ball and it was all three
points to the Daggers and a better all round performance as well.