Whoever it was that said football’s a funny old game certainly has a point. For the Daggers finally pulled off that long overdue first league victory with their least impressive performance of the season, writes Jack Steggles.
They have, without any doubt, played better in other games this season and finished up losers. And that’s the way things go in football.
Goals from Dwight Gayle, Mickey Spillane and ||Billy Bingham brought the three points that lifted them two places in the League Two table and dumped struggling Wycombe below them.
Despite not being at their best they were always in control – although while they led by only one goal anything could have happened, as suffering supporters have discovered in he past.
Although they were second best for most of the game Wycombe were first to threaten when Chris Lewington was forced into a superb full length save to turn away a well struck free kick from Dean Morgan.
Snapping up the chances they create has been a problem for the Daggers this term. But Gayle was on the spot to take one and break the deadlock in the 25th minute.
The lively striker swooped to put the bll in from close range when Wycombe keeper Jorden Archer palmed away a header from Luke Wilkinson, who met a cross from Luke Howell
Gayle nearly did it again two minutes later. But this time Archer held on to his effort after Femi cross the ball.
Spillane passed up a glorious chance on the stroke of half time – side footing a clear shooting chance, instead of blasting it and allowing the keeper to make a save..
But Spillane made amends in the 56th minute, increasing the Daggers lead with a perfect penalty after a linesman spotted a handball on the line. That took the pressure off, although John Still’s men made life difficult for themselves by taking their foot off the throttle and allowing Wycombe to enjoy their best spell of he game.
Matt McClure, on as a second half sub, let the Daggers off the hook by slicing a clear opening wide with his very first touch. But the home side got it together again and Billy Bingham made certain of victory in the last minute of the match.
He worked a one two on the edge of the area, took a return pass and belted in a left footer to send the crowd home happy.
Coach Wayne Burnett said afterwards: “We needed that and we deserved it. The manager made some changes and it gave us a solid look.
“The penalty for our second goal eased the nerves and he fact we took our chances brought the win we always knew would come.”
Attendance: 1608 ( 363 Away Fans)
Vicarage Field Man Of the Match: Luke Wilkinson
Daggers Team: Lewington, Wilkinson, Ilesanmi, Doe, Spillane, Howell, Ogogo, Bingham, Williams, Scott(Elito,75), Gayle( Woodall, 79)
Subs not used: Seabright, Hoyte, Do Green, Da Green, Reed