After recording their biggest win of the season against Barnet the Daggers faced a tough task in getting back to back wins for the first time since August against a Gillingham side undefeated in nine in all competitions. But they managed to do just that after coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1.
Two changes were made by John Still following the 3-0 victory midweek with Billy Bingham coming in for the injured Peter Gain and Jon Nurse in for Josh Scott. These straight swaps meant John Still applied the same 4-3-3 formation that worked so well against Barnet with Woodall the target man upfront with Nurse and Montano on either side of him.
Both teams looked sluggish in the opening five minutes with not many clean passes finding their target, but Dagenham fans were in left stunned when Chris Lewington dropped a routine catch from a cross, then seemed to gather it again, only for him to lose the ball once more where Danny Kedwell was there to take advantage to make it 1-0 to Gillingham.
It took a while for the home side to gain some composure after that as the next 15 minutes Gillingham dominated and could have caused another shock when a Danny Jackman corner fooled everyone as it rattled the post. It wasn't until the 19th minute that Dagenham finally looked a threat when Woodall was put through one-on-one with the keeper but was left red-faced after he seemed to fall under no contact from the Gill's keeper.
That small chance was the catalyst for what was to come from Dagenham and in the 22nd minute the ball dropped kindly to Billy Bingham nicely on the edge of the 18-yard box for him to swing a left leg at it and bury it past the Gillingham keeper to give him his first goal for the club. It prompted the old cliché of 'goals change games', and this goal definitely did just that.
Dagenham were applying the lion share of pressure to the end of the first half, however Gillingham weren't letting up and Danny Kedwell thought he found his second with a header that was kept out by small man Dominic Green on the post. Dagenham held onto their well deserved draw into half-time at 1-1.
No changes were made at half-time but John Still must have changed something as it wasn't the same Dagenham side that started the game, the side were passing freely and with confidence which was causing the Gillingham team all sorts of problems.
Montano was finally getting into the game showing of his quick feet that got him two goals against Barnet and produced a snap shot that stung Flitney's hands. Another player that seemed a changed man was Brian Woodall as he was fighting for every ball not giving the Gillingham defence a moment rest and he got his just rewards in the 65th minute with a sweet right foot curler from the left hand side of the 18-yard box, which sparked an eruption of cheers from the Dagenham fans that instantly silenced the away supporters.
Dagenham looked to build on the lead after going 2-1 up still applying the same pressure that got them their second goal and the Gillingham team were starting to get wound up with some late challenges from the likes of Frampton and Lawrence venting their frustration which gave credit to an outstanding Dagenham performance.
The game finished 2-1 meaning Dagenham are the first team to come from behind to win against Gillingham this season showing the progression Dagenham have made in the past month and they move up to 20th, slowly climbing their way back up League 2.
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