Two goals from Sam Williams secured the Daggers first away victory of the season as they ran out 2-1 winners against Chesterfield.
Sam Williams opened the scoring with a drilled effort from range, but the Daggers were pegged back by Jack Lester just after half-time. Williams again put the visitors in front minutes later with a great finish and his team held on to continue their good form of late.
John Still was forced into one change following last weekend’s 4-3 victory over Bradford City, Matt Saunders replacing the injured Billy Bingham in central midfield.
There was exciting news for Chesterfield fans prior to kick-off however, as Portuguese International Luis Boa Morte made the starting line up, despite the concerns over his lack of fitness.
The home side enjoyed possession early on and Boa Morte himself, who was operating on the wing, looked in good form; carving out one opportunity before swinging in a number of dangerous corners to no avail.
It didn’t take the visitors long to start creating chances of their own. In the 13th minute after Chris Lewington’s hefty goal kick and Sam Williams’ knock down, Dwight Gayle’s shot across goal from 20 yards was dragged just wide of the post. And moments later no one could get on the end of Medy Elito’s ball across the 6 yard box as the Daggers looked to become more dominant.
Despite their pressure, the visitors couldn’t continue their dominance and failed to create any other chances of note as the match became a more equal contest which featured a lengthy first-half period with very little action.
Out of nothing though, just after 40 minutes, Sam Williams gave the Daggers a half-time lead. Collecting the ball with his back to goal 30 yards out, he turned, ran at the defence and took a low shot which caught out Spireites ‘keeper Richard O’Donnell off guard and snuck into the bottom corner.
Chesterfield will feel aggrieved that they didn’t equalise 5 minutes into the second half. From a corner, they firstly saw an attempt cleared off the line creating a goalmouth scramble and with the ball bouncing around, Sam Hird’s acrobatic shot just clipped the top of the bar.
The Spireites then made amends for their missed efforts by grabbing that deserved equaliser on 53 minutes. Craig Westcarr lashed an effort goalwards from a tight angle inside the box which was met almost on the line by their leading scorer Jack Lester, who couldn’t miss.
The game had sparked into life and the Daggers immediately regained the lead through an excellent Williams finish. After a knock down on the edge of the box, the big striker composed himself well and placed his effort into the top corner, doubling his and his team’s goal tally for the afternoon.
John Still’s men had Chris Lewington to thank for holding their lead on 65 minutes when he made an excellent save from Luis Boa Morte. Westcarr was able to cross to the unmarked Boa Morte at the back post, but the former Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham man’s volley was straight at the visiting ‘keeper.
Lewington was again on hand for the Daggers as the game was nearing the final 10 minutes. Again crossed from the right wing, the ball was met by the head of Terrell Forbes at the back post, but he too was denied by the inspired Lewington.
The Daggers were able to hold onto their well earned victory, leaving the handful of Daggers’ fans to travel back from Derbyshire with all three points.
Attendance: 5,082(123 Away fans)
Chesterfield: O’Donnell (GK); Forbes, Trotman (Darikwa, 61), Hird (c), Ridehalgh; Talbot, Togwell (Randall, 71), Atkinson, Boa Morte; Lester, Westcarr (Boden, 80)
Subs not used: Wilson, Clay, Hazel, Evans, Boden
Goalscorers: Lester, 54
Daggers: Lewington (GK); Ogogo (c), Doe, Wilkinson, Ilesanmi; Howell, Saunders, Spillane, Elito; Williams, Gayle
Subs not used: Seabright, Hoyte, Santos, Maher, Do Green, Reed, Woodall
Goalscorers: Williams, 41, 56