DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 0, SHREWSBURY TOWN 2
They say it never rains but it pours. And the struggling Daggers are in danger of being drowned in a deluge, writes Jack Steggles.
Having lost both Mark Arber and Phil Walsh to injury, they had skipper for the day - and his last remaining fit centre-half -Scott Doe
sent off in injury time.
So Doe, not for the first time this season, faces a spell on the sidelines through suspension. And in his current plight that's the last thing manager John Still needs right now.
This latest defeat, Daggers sixth on the spin and tenth in their last eleven league games, leaves them out of the dreaded bottom two places only on goal difference.
That record is a recipe for disaster and drastic surgery is needed to stop the rot.
Losing has become a habit and it's one the Daggers must break quickly if they are to avoid a second successive relegation and a return to the Conference,
They could not even break their bleak run against a Shrewsbury side who played for over an hour with ten men after having James Wallace sent off in the 24th minute.
The last thing the Daggers need in their current situation is to make life easy for the opposition. Yet that' precisely what they did to gift the visitors a goal after only six minutes.
Richard Rose's attempt to head a long ball back to Chris Lewington
fell way short. As the keeper rushed ou in a futile bid to repair the damage Terry Gornell got their first to steer the ball into the gaping goal. Lewington neer stood a chance and he Daggers had again shot themselves in the foot
The Daggers were not lacking when it came to effort and they threw everything in in a bid to get bck into the game. But effort alone was not enough against a Shrewsbury side who coped well after the dismissal of Wallace - shown a straight red card fpor a challenge on Jon Nurse.
Shrews skipper Ian Sharps - in the Rotherham side beaten by the Daggers in the League Two play off at Wembley 18 months ago - as also booked for a foul on Nurse, who had a shot deflected for a corner.
brought a close range save from keeper Chris Neal and Doe headed the resulting corner wide. That was as good as it got in the first half.
The Daggers had the bulk of the play in the second half. They huffed and puffed, but rarely threatened to blow Shrewsbury's house down.
The Shrews weathered the storm, got back into it in the later stages and doubled their lead with a penalty in the last minute of injury time.
Doe gave away the penalty - and, having been booked earlier, received a second yellow card - and substitute James Collins fired it home to take the Shrews into fourth placed and leave Daggers fans fearing for the future.