Although there were few chances throughout the match, the Daggers scored with their first real chance when Matt Saunders headed home. Shortly after the break they added another as Luke Howell steered in a neat finish.
For his side’s trip to Lancashire, John Still made a couple of changes to the one that fell to a defeat against Northampton Town on New Years day. Brian Woodall replaced Jake Reed, while Gavin Hoyte was reinstated at right back and Abu Ogogo pushed into midfield as Michael Spillane dropped to the bench.
Having conceded three goals in each of their last three games, the Daggers backline were given an early warning sign as Padraig Amond shot over just 3 minutes in.
Despite the threat, it was the Daggers who took the lead after 21 minutes. The away side were getting some joy down the left side and Femi Ilesanmi broke before Medy Elito eventually got in a cross. Much to his delight, it was met by the head of Matt Saunders, who gave his side an early lead.
The travelling fans would have been pleased with their team’s reaction following the goal. The Daggers battled well to keep Stanley at bay as Luke Wilkinson and Scott Doe were dominant in the air; Matt Saunders even came close to adding another but saw his shot blocked.
Following the half time break, it didn’t take the Daggers long to further silence the home crowd. After neat work on the right hand side, Brian Woodall found midfielder Luke Howell in the box who put his side 2-0 up from 6-yards out.
Much like the first half, the Daggers held strong and didn’t give anything away to Accrington Stanley, who overall lacked any real threat all afternoon. Around the 65 minute mark though, Chris Lewington was called into action, saving well from Lee Molyneux through a crowd of players.
Stanley proved slightly more threatening in the final 20 minutes but to no avail as the Daggers’ impressive backline held it together throughout the entirety of the match. Sam Williams will feel his side should have had a third with 5 minutes remaining as he was fouled inside the penalty area, much to his disbelief he was booked for diving.
The convincing victory, resilient display and clean sheet will delight John Still who was keen to make amends to his sides last few games. He will be looking to add to this victory on Tuesday night as the Daggers travel to Morecambe.
Attendance: 1,031 (37 away)
Accrington Stanley: Belford (GK); Wilson (Dixon, 62) Winnard, Murphy, Molyneux, Lindfield, Joyce, Miller (Clark, 62) Boco, Beattie, Amond (Liddle, 44)
Subs not used: Gray, Hatfield, Mingoia, Dawber
Daggers: Lewington (GK); Hoyte, Wilkinson, Doe, Ilesanmi; Howell, Saunders, Ogogo (c), Elito; Woodall (Scott, 90), Williams
Subs not used: Seabright, Caprice, Bingham, Spillane, Gracco, Maher
Goalscorers: Saunders, 21, Howell, 52