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Posted Tue 27 Dec 11 at 12:05 PM

Daggers Crush Bees To Move Out Of Drop Z

Was this the match where the fortunes of the Daggers finally changed? John Still and supporters will certainly hope so as three superb goals brought about three valuable points at home to Barnet.

Due to his suspension Abu Ogogo was forced to be withdrawn and Dom Green was the somewhat surprising choice to come in for him, this meant that the Daggers lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Green just ahead of Kevin Maher & Peter Gain supporting the forwards.

The start of the game was even with slight injuries to Josh Scott & Gain providing the biggest talking points, that was before the 14th minute however. Cristian Montano who was playing from the right of the front three exchanged passes with Scott before blasting home on his left foot from 25 yards, Dean Brill was left with no chance in the Barnet goal and it was 1-0 to the home side.

Green flashed one wide as the Daggers looked for a 2nd but Barnet were not out of this and had a great spell where they had more than enough chances to equalise. Firstly the diminutive Sam Deering headed over when well placed before Izale McLeod nodded wide when unmarked. McLeod was the top scorer in npower League Two going into this match and you'd have expected him to do a lot better with such a presentable opening.

Mark Marshall then saw his shot deflected wide as did Mark Byrne with a header as the Bees pushed for a leveller before the break. Peter Gain was then withdrawn from the action, early on he put in a great block tackle and he hadn't been moving right since with the knee seeming to be the problem, Billy Bingham came on and immediately got involved winning a corner which came to nothing.

Just before the interval it was 2-0 and if the 1st goal was special this was even better. Kevin Maher picked the ball up in midfield and dinked a lovely ball into Woodall's chest, the frontman was just inside the area and flicked it for the onrushing Montano on the right hand side of the box; the Columbian on loan from West Ham duly despatched the ball just inside the far post once again leaving Brill with no chance.

The 2nd half started slowly with Barnet unable to exert any meaningful pressure on the home defence and the Daggers almost made it three in breath-taking fashion. Dom Green picked the ball up in the centre circle, beat one man before advancing; thirty yards out he struck for goal with his left foot beating Brill but not the crossbar with a thunderous effort.

Just five minutes later is was three though and once again it was a great goal. Woodall sent Montano away down the right and he beat Borrowdale far too easily on the flank by cutting inside, on his left foot he then sent a cross in which was perfect for the advancing Woodall to finish with a diving header. The game was now safe and Still made a couple of changes possibly with Friday's clash with Gillingham in mind, Josh Scott came off for Jon Nurse before Montano received a standing ovation as he was replaced by Adam Cunnington.

Barnet had a few chances to nick a goal late on but Lewington stood firm and with that the Daggers moved out of the relegation zone if only on goal difference.

Vicarage Field Man Of The Match: Cristian Montano.

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