An injury time penalty from Sam Williams won it for the Daggers after a game fought out in driving rain, writes Jack Steggles
That was about the only way it would be decided in a game of very few chances.
Daggers boss John Still claimed it would be a flash of brilliance or a mistake to settle the issue. There was very little brilliance on display and a mistake was always likely in treacherous conditions.
Fans expecting a goal feast after the Daggers recent scoring exploits at home were in for a disappointment. But Still’s team still have every reason to be satisfied with their afternoon’s work,
Newly promoted Fleetwood have made a good start to life in the Football League – and it was not difficult to see why. They competed all over the pitch and gave the Daggers no time to get a passing game going.
Fleetwood hunted in packs and pounced if any home team player attempted to put his foot on the ball. It was frustrating at times but it all added up to another useful experience for the young Daggers – who have now lost only twice in 12 league games.
They were first to threaten in what turned out to be a tight encounter. Michael Spillane put a 20 yarder wide and Femi finished a strong run with a poor shot, scuffing the ball well wide.
At the other end Chris Lewington saved from Shaun Beeley on his near post and David Ball drove an effort across the face of goal after a through ball caught the Daggers out.
The best chance of he first half fell to Jake Reed, who outpaced defenders and had a clear shooting chance from fifteen yards. But he drove his shot against the foot of keeper Scott Davies’ right hand post.
Reed had another chance two minutes before half time. But he needed one touch too many and Fleetwood were not going to allow him that. They dispossessed him and the chance was gone.
The second half was fought out mainly in the middle of a pitch that held up well, despite the downpour and neither keeper was over worked.
Lewington was forced into a save from a deflected effort and went full length to keep the ball out in the dying seconds.
That was after the goal that won the points as the game went into injury time. Medy Elito was brought down by Youl Mawene and Williams – given the job after the previous two penalties were missed - made no mistake from the spot to hand the Cod Army their first defeat in nine away matches..
Understandably, coming at such a critical stage, the decision upset Fleetwood who had three players booked for having a go at referee Brendan Malone
Daggers: Lewington, Wilkinson, Femi, Doe, Spillane, Williams, Elito, Reed( Woodall, 64), Saunders, Howell, Ogogo
Unused subs: Seabright, Wakefield, Scott, Maher, Hoyte, Bingham
Attendance: 1618 (118 away fans )