After a dismal first half the Daggers turned the game round in the second half
to take all the points against Burton Albion and complete a league double over
the Brewers in the process.
John Still kept faith with the starting eleven that won at Woking, again with
a strong bench showing the clubs depth at the moment.
Despite this, the Brewers ran the home side ragged in the first half no doubt
fired up by the need to put Saturday's FA Trophy horror show at Grays behind
them. Burton had all of the decent early chances but seemed unable to hit the target, Ducros in particular guilty when
he fired a great chance over the bar from 8 yards after just nine minutes.
The Daggers slowly hauled themselves back into the game but even so no-one
could deny that Burton deserved to take the lead even though it took them
40 minutes to do so. Graham Ward picked his spot from the edge of the area and
the ball pinged in off the bar giving Roberts no chance.
It would be no surprise to find that the Daggers need a new set of half time
china after that and certainly the home side came out much more up for it in the
second half. John Still removed the ineffective Paul Bruce (right) and pushed on Ashley
Vickers, Blackett moving to left back and Scott Griffiths given his head up the
left of midfield in a move many fans had been wanting to see tried. Bruce was
apparently suffering from flu, so quite why he was asked to play through it is a
changes worked and suddenly it was all Daggers. Even so the equaliser was a little
fortunate after 54 minutes. Griffiths fired in a cross and Chris Moore
challenged Burton keeper Daniel Crane and a defender for the ball in the air, the
ball eventually dropping to Craig Mackail-Smith (left) to smash in to the roof
of the net. The Brewers defenders surrounded the referee demanding that Moore
had handled in the challenge, and may well have been right, but the goal stood
and it was 1-1. Game on!
The next goal was a classic though just four minutes later, Jake Leberl (right) finding
all sorts of space just outside the area as the Burton defence parted to rifle home from 20 yards.
Six minutes later it was 3-1. This time the Burton defence failed to close down
Chris Moore near the touchline on the left of the area, who fired across goal. Crane
fumbled the ball to Mackail-Smith who prodded it back in under a challenge, but Crane fumbled
again and the ball was in. Officially it was given to Glen Southam (left) following up
but it would not be a surprise if it was eventually credited an own goal by
After three goals in ten minutes which knocked the stuffing out of the visitors it was then comfortable for the Daggers who had several other chances to
extend their lead while the back four were rarely put under any pressure at all.
Tony Boot, on for Chris Moore late on, fizzed a shot just over and with time
running out Scott Griffiths, deservedly named the sponsors man of the match, was
also just over with a drive from the edge of the area following a corner.
A good win and three in a row now for the Daggers pushing them up to eleventh in
the Conference table with three away games to come
in eight days starting with the trip to Exeter City next Tuesday.