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Posted Wed 14 Apr 10 at 10:32 AM

Green is spot on

Dagenham and Redbridge ensured that their name continues to be among the play-of contenders after they battled past Barnet at the LBBD Stadium. Two penalties from Danny Green, plus goals from strikers Paul Benson and Josh Scott ensured that John Still's side finished the evening just two points off seventh spot.

The Daggers couldn't have got off to a better start.

With their first attack Benson attempted to clip the ball past Bees defender Daniel Leach. Leach's arm prevented the ball from travelling much further prompting the referee to point to the penalty spot. Green confidently stepped up to take penalty, and he beat the dive of Jake Cole by placing the ball into the bottom corner.

Barnet's start to the evening didn't get any better. They also lost their captain in the opening ten minutes; Mark Hughes had to leave the field due to a head injury and he was replaced by Nicky Deverdics.

The Daggers pretty much dominated the opening half. Barnet's only real effort early on came from Paul Furlong, whose shot flew over the bar after a long ball caught out the home defence.

In truth the ball was largely at the other end. Benson set up Jon Nurse who couldn't keep his shot down while Scott watched his 25 yard volley fly just wide with Cole rooted to the spot.

The visiting goalkeeper was kept in the action after he fielded a low cross from Scott with the ball heading straight for Benson in front of an empty net.

Green fired a free-kick that forced a save from Cole. The keeper pushed the ball out where Scott Doe was waiting, but he couldn't direct the ball on target with Cole grounded.

Scott meanwhile embarked on a run at the visitors back four. They backed off so much that it allowed the striker to shoot, but he pulled his left foot effort just wide.

Barnet hit back just before the half time break. It came from a cross from Albert Adomah, sent over perfectly for Jake Hyde to glance a header past Tony Roberts to level the scores seconds before the break.

Barnet boss Ian Hendon made his second change at half time with Albert Jarrett coming onto the field. Jarrett almost had an immediate impact as he benefited from a mix up between Anwar Uddin and Damien McCrory. Jarrett however sliced his shot wide much to the relief of the home defence.

Having survived that scare the Daggers then went on try and reassert their authority. Abu Ogogo struck a ferocious shot from distance that forced Cole to arch his back and help the ball over.

Cole then made another stop to deny Green, some good footwork from Peter Gain created an opportunity for Benson who helped the ball over while Gain later hit another effort that fizzed just wide.

Adomah tried to break the trend of Dagenham attacks as he went on a run. He shot wide of Roberts but also wide of the keeper's post.

Immediately afterwards the Daggers went back at the other end and came within inches of scoring. Benson managed to squeeze the ball past Cole but as it rolled towards goal, Joe Devera rescued his side with a last gasp clearance.

At that point Cole was proving to be a thorn in the Daggers side. He made yet another spectacular stop this time to thwart Romain Vincelot whose curling shot looked to be heading for the corner.

The break the Daggers needed came on 66 minutes. Benson knocked the ball past Leach inside the penalty area and was hauled down by the defender. The referee had no hesitation, not only pointing to the spot but in showing a red card to Leach. Green made no mistake from the spot for a second time, tucking the ball away to restore his side's advantage.

The points were secured with a little over ten minutes left. Green hurled a long throw into the Barnet area. Nurse flicked the ball towards goal and Benson in predatory fashion was there to force the ball home from close range.

There was still time for another goal. Scott received the ball on the edge of the area, rolled his defender and then finished extremely well to make it four for the Daggers.

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