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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 16:45 PM

Daggers 1 - 2 Gillingham

The Daggers have every reason to feel hard done by after giving it all they had and still finishing as losers.

Boss John Still could not have asked for any more from his team and the Gills know they were lucky to escape from Victoria Road with all three points.

The Daggers will play a lot Worse than this season and win matches. They claimed before the start they were capable of going toe to toe with anyone in League Two – and they proved it here, for you won’t find many better sides han Gillingham.

Martin Allen has moved in there to transform the club, introduce several new players and make them a force\ to be reckoned with..

The way the Daggers coped with the challenge can only augur well for the future and there is no need to despondency because if they keep this form up they will be OK.

There is still work to be done and they must learn to be more ruthless. For some slack moments at the back made life mofe difficult for them and cost them the game.

Gills winning goal came after Micky Spillane allowed a high ball to bounce and was left struggling as Myles Weston swooped on it and ran on to fire past Chris Lewington. Lessons must be learned from that.

The Daggers could have been behind after only 30 seconds, when Don Burton burst into the box and let fly a shot that brought a good save from Lewingtton,

Weston had an effort deflected for a corner and another one brilliantly blocked by Scott Doe as the Kentish men stretched the home side with swift breaks,

Gills keeper Stuart Nelson saved well from Billy Bingham as the Daggers gradually got a foothold in the game. He also knocked away a stinging free kick from the same player.

The Gills took the lead on the half-hour when Burton met a cross from the right with a firm header as the rain lashed down.

The lead last just three minutes before the lively Dwight Gayle put the Daggers level from the penalty spot. He fired home after Nelson hauled him down as he burst on to a through ball from Luke Howell.

Gills feared a red card fo their keeper. But referee Rob Lewis – who had sent Dagenham players off on the last two occasions he had taken charge of their matches – let him off with a yellow.

The visitors had an amazing escape on the stroke of half time, the ball twice being hacked off the line in mad goalmouth scrambles.

Weston twice went close early in the second half, before taking advantage of poor defending to settle the game with that 62nd minute killer goal.

Femi went close at one end, then gave the Gills a chance at the other with another slip and the game ended with Nelson making a brilliant one handed full length save from Abu Ogogo.

The Daggers kept at right to the end and made Gillingham work hard for their victory.

Vicarage Field Man of The Match – Oluwafemi Ilesanmi

Attendance – 2251 (988 away)

Daggers: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Spillane, Hoyte, Elito, Howell(Danny Green, 68), Ogogo(C), Bingham, Williams, Gayle(Scott, 82)
 

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