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Posted Sun 12 Sep 10 at 21:31 PM

Daggers Lose on their Travels Again

The Daggers away day blues continued as they slumped to the bottom of npower League One with this disappointing reverse at Dean Court.

John Still's troops had been buoyed by the previous weeks win over Leyton Orient and travelled to the south coast confident of picking up their first away points and goals of the season. The team showed just one change from that memorable derby victory as new signing Phil Ifil replaced the injured Abu Ogogo at right back just twenty-four hours after completing his move.

But this was never going to be an easy trip for The Daggers. Having been promoted together from League Two at the end of last season the fortunes of the two clubs could not be any different this time as the free-scoring Cherries began the day just outside the play off places while the goal-shy Essex club were looking to continue their climb away from the relegation zone.

After a slow start it was the visitors who created the first real opportunity in the 19th minute when a long throw from Danny Green was not dealt with by home defence and Gavin Tomlin's shot was deflected to safety by former Arsenal full back Ryan Garry.

Tomlin was looking very lively at this point and the ex-Yeovil front man then hit a neat shot on the turn from the edge of the penalty area but the effort lacked the necessary power and direction to really threaten Shwan Jalal in the home goal.

But the hosts were slowly beginning to settle into the match and only a great block from Scott Doe prevented Liam Feeney getting his shot away while Marc Pugh then sent a header looping onto the roof of the net.

It was all Bournemouth now and only a great save from Daggers keeper Tony Roberts in the 27th minute prevented the hosts going in front. A great ball from Feeney released Marvin Bartley through the centre but the Welshman was out of his goal quickly to save at the strikers feet.

However the best chance of all came at the other end four minutes later. Green linked well with Josh Scott down the right and his superb cross found the head of Tomlin 6 yards out but with only Jalal to beat he somehow directed the ball wide of the target.

That proved to be the turning point as the hosts proceeded to score twice in three minutes before the break to leave The Daggers with a mountain to climb.

They broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when left back Rhoys Wiggins whipped the ball across the six yard box beyond the reach of Roberts and Scott Doe' interception was turned in by captain Jason Pearce from close range.

Wiggins was now starting to really enjoy himself and he created the second three minutes later. Robbing Green down the Cherries left he then fired in a great cross to the far post which was duly dispatched past Roberts by the head of Josh McQuoid. It was the former winger's 5th goal in 4 games since replacing the departed Brett Pitman up front to send him to the top of the leagues scoring chart.

If they were to stage a comeback then the Daggers needed an instant response and they almost got it when Mark Arber sent a header just wide of the right hand upright in first half stoppage time following another long throw from Green.

But the game was up for Still's men within ten minutes of the restart. Roberts had already denied Pugh before Lee Bradbury sent Wiggins away down the left and the youngster smashed the ball past the Daggers keeper from 20 yards: a great way to score his first goal in senior football.

Things were now looking desperate for the visitors and they would have got a whole lot worse had McQuoid done better when well placed on two occasions midway through the half.

But Daggers being Daggers refused to throw in the towel and substitute Jon Nurse was only denied a consolation by the outstretched leg of Jalal after a shot from Darren Currie had fallen kindly to him inside the six yard box twenty minutes from time. Having thrown away a three goal lead to draw 3-3 with Notts. County in their last home match a Daggers goal then may well have set Bournemouth nerves on edge, but as it was it was very nearly 4-0 when substitute Danny Hollands hit a vicious left foot volley from long range that only just cleared the crossbar ten minutes later.

So another away defeat for the Daggers, five in a row now in all competitions this season, and unless they can start to put the ball in the back of net on their travels it looks set to be a long, hard season for the Daggers.

Att: 5,501

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