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Posted Wed 17 Aug 11 at 09:58 AM

Daggers Defeat Swindon

A second-half Mark Arber penalty saw the Daggers past Paolo Di Canio's Swindon side, writes Billy Taylor.

Arber smashed home from the spot in the 70th after the impressive Gavin Tomlin cleverly beat two men before being felled.

In what was a largely tight affair, Swindon had a strong penalty claim themselves turned down just before the interval, much to the bewilderment of West Ham legend Di Canio.

The home side started the brightest, on-loan midfielder Ollie Lee firing just wide from 20 yards after making space for himself with quick feet.

Minutes later, his pass found Brian Woodall, making his full debut for the club, but the striker could only fire straight at Phil Smith in the Swindon goal.

The chance sparked the visitors into life, former Dagger Matt Ritchie and Etienne Esayas particularly lively down either wing, the latter going close on two occasions with deflected efforts only to be denied by Chris Lewington.

The game settled into a pattern, neither side able to create any clear-cut chances before Arber's slip allowed Raffaele De Vita through only to be bought down by Doe, referee Carl Berry to waving away appeals. Di Canio and his backroom staff were incensed - the fourth official the unfortunate victim of a verbal tirade on this occasion.

Much like the first 45, John Still's side started the second period well, Nurse breaking down the right and finding Woodall with a low cross, his effort skewed just wide.

In what was becoming a more open and end-to-end period, De Vita twice went close, once with a turn a shot which Lewington saved well.

The pace of winger Esayas was providing debutant Richard Rose plenty of food for thought, the summer capture however was equal to most of his best work.

With 20 minutes to go, Gavin Tomlin, playing up top with Woodall, broke into the left-side of the box and danced his way through the Town defence before being caught, Arber duly dispatching to the delight of the home faithful.

The goal gave the Daggers the impetus, a neat passage of play down the right involved Nurse, Lee and Tomlin and deserved a better final ball.

Alan Connell, a 52nd minute arrival from the Swindon bench, was creating a nuisance of himself at the other end but the support just wasn't there despite the encouragement coming from the away dugout.

Boos rang around the visiting supporters' end as the referee blew an end to proceedings in what was an enthralling if unspectacular clash.

The victory made it 6 points from a possible 9 for the Daggers, whilst it was Town's second consecutive defeat on the road.

Assistant Manager Terry Harris spoke to Daggers Player after the match.Click hereto hear his thoughts

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