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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 16:45 PM

This latest roller coaster performance emphasised the fact that anyone of a nervous disposition should think carefully about visiting Victoria Road on match days, Writes Jack Steggles.

 Once again the Daggers put their suffering fans through the mincing machine – following a brilliant first half display with a second session that frayed the nerves.

 In that first half they destroyed Bradford with an irresistible display that had he visitors travelling fans booing their outplayed team off at half-time.

 The Daggers scored twice, threatened several more and were so dominant that keeper Chris Lewington went through the opening 45 minutes without a serious shot to save.

 And when John Still’s men went three up early in the second half it seemed all over. But Bradford had other ideas and hit back so hard they threatened to stand the game on its head.

 The Daggers kids were struggling to hang on as the game changed dramatically and Still summed it up in one word “inexperience”.

 It needed an old head to steady things up. But the only man at the club with the know how to do that is Kevin Maher – and he is making his way back from injury.

 But the young braves battled on, giving everything they had and were relieved to hear the final whistle that gave them a victory they richly deserved.

 They are now unbeaten in four and eight points from a possible twelve suggests that things are moving in the right direction.

 The Daggers were ahead after six minutes through Billy Bingham, making his 50th appearance. Man of the Match Dwight Gayle carved the opening with a super low cross and when Bradford beat away Sam Williams’ fierce shot Bingham followed up to blast in the rebound.

 The second arrived on the half-hour and again Gayle was involved. He dummied over a low cross from Medy Elito, leaving Michael Spillane a shooting chance he snapped up.

 Bradford went in at the break lucky to be only two down and when Luke Wilkinson headed the Daggers third from an Elito corner in the 51st minute. it seemed all over.

 But the boos of their fans and some strong words from manager Phil Parkinson brought a strong reaction and two goals in four minutes.

 Both came from Nahki Wells in the 55th and 59th minutes. The first came from a 20 yard free kick that beat Lewington on his near post – the second a penalty after the keeper was adjudged to have fouled Alan Connell.

 Gayle gave Daggers some breathing space by outpacing two defenders and firing their fourth in the 75th minute, But Bradford had the last word when Connell forced in their third seven minutes from time.

 It was nerve jangling for all those involved, but for the neutral it was cracking entertainment and the Daggers kids can look back on a job well done.


 Attendance: 1768 (349 Away Fans)

Daggers Team: Lewington, Femi, Doe, Spillane, Elito(Woodall, 85), Howell, Ogogo, Bingham, Williams, Gayle

Subs not used: Seabright, Hoyte, Da Green, Scott, Reed

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