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Posted Fri 29 Jan 10 at 07:32 AM

Daggers 0 Notts County 3

On a bitterly cold winter evening there was little to warm the Dagenham and Redbridge supporters as the Daggers suffered a second three goal defeat to Notts County this season.

An unchanged Daggers pressed early on but it was the visitors who had the first chance. Lee Hughes beat the home offside trap only to drag his shot wide with only Tony Roberts.

Hughes was causing his marker Scott Doe a few concerns and the former Coventry and West Brom man curled another effort past the post.

But the home side were giving as good as they got and with the front two looking sharp they had a few chances of their own.

Most of their chances fell to Josh Scott. He headed over after good work from Abu Ogogo saw the fullback whip over a decent looking cross. Scott then tried a volley from range but that dropped wide of Kasper Schmeichel's goal.

The Daggers most dangerous moment of the first half came ten minutes before the break. Peter Gain found Scott with an intelligent pass. The forward tried a difficult shot from the edge of the penalty area and he wasn't far away as Scott's effort landed on the roof of the net.

Unfortunately for the Daggers it was County who finished the half the stronger. They created a fine move that saw Ben Davies cross for Karl Hawley. Hawley's volley looked to be going in but Roberts got across goal to make a fine save with his legs.

Craig Westcarr lifted a shot over before the visitors ascendancy was rewarded with a goal. A slip from Doe let in Hawley. The centre half made a fine recovery challenge but the ball ricocheted to Davies, who gave a glimpse of his class by curling an inch perfect shot into the top corner that gave Roberts no chance.

The second half got off to the worse possible start for the Daggers. Davies floated over a free-kick into the area where Hughes got the faintest of glances to double Notts County's lead.

The home side tried to respond. Spiller shot straight at Schmeichel while Benson volleyed over the bar.

In truth the visitors looked the more likely scorers. Another brilliant stop by Roberts prevented Davies from adding to his tally for the evening.

A swift counter-attack saw Hughes cross for Neal Bishop. Bishop's header beat Roberts but Doe was on hand to clear off the line as the Daggers tried to hang on.

That clearance might have been vital. Scott was the Daggers most likely goal threat and his presence forced Schmeichel into making a double save in his own six yard area.

The Daggers best chance of forcing their way back into the game fell to Benson. He got on the end of a cross, and despite being completely unmarked and only a few yards out, he planted a weak header into Schmeichel's grateful arms.

That was as close as Dagenham got and at the other end a crisp volley from Hughes forced Roberts into making another save.

The scoring was completed as the final whistle approached. A fine passing move saw the ball reach Hawley. His strike took a horrible deflection of Abu Ogogo, completely wrong-footing Roberts to cap a deflating evening for the Daggers.

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