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Posted Mon 28 Feb 11 at 12:13 PM

Late Goal Sinks Daggers

Another demoralising home defeat left the Daggers still languishing at the foot of the League One table, writes Jack Steggles.

Yet again they were hit by a late, late goal. It's happened far too often this season, especially at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium.

But more than that they need someone up front capable of putting the ball in the net regularly. The need for a natural goal poacher is evident as once again on Saturday, too many chances went begging.

To give yourselves a fighting chance at this level you must have someone capable of giving you 20 goals a season. Since Paul Benson was sold to Charlton the Daggers have no one remotely capable of reaching that target.

Their leading scorer is midfield man Romain Vincelot, with nine. And a late shuffle following the withdrawal of Scott Doe forced manager John Still to play him alongside skipper Mark Arber at centre-back.

"That was a massive blow to us. We got lot a lot of balls into the box and Romain is the sort of player to take advantage of that. So we missed him in his normal position," said Still.

The defeat was hard on the Daggers, who did enough to have got something from the game and Still was able to take some positives from it.

They could have been ahead inside two minutes, when Danny Green unloaded a ferocious 35 yard free kick Cherries keeper Shwan Jalal failed to hold.

The ball bounced off him, but it was hacked away from the danger zone before the Daggers could take advantage.

Bournemouth, on course for a second successive promotion, snapped back and Tony Roberts prevented them from snatching a seventh minute lead with a fine double save from Liam Feeney.

Vincelot joined the attack for a corner and had an effort cleared off the line by Cherries skipper Jason Pearce.

Pearce also produced a brilliant tackle to rob Jon Nurse, while Bas Savage was guilty of a weak finish after a slip by a defender left him a clear run.

The hard working Nurse broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half, heading home a deep cross from Green on the far post.

Cherries boss Lee Bradbury responded by replacing Joe Partington with Danny Ings and switching from a 5-3-1 formation to a 4-4-2.

And it paid an instant dividend when Ings grabbed the 56th minute equaliser just two minutes after joining the action.

A swift raid down the left stretched the Daggers and when the ball came in Ings met it with a powerful close range header that gave Roberts no chance.

Savage passed up another decent chance when Damien McCrory set him up and Bournemouth clinched victory in the 88th minute when Anton Robson belted in a left footer after another sub, Steve Fletcher, played a big part.

So it was another disappointment but once again the Daggers show the fight needed to stay in this league against a side that look all-set for promotion.

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