The Daggers gave a master class in how to lose a game that was there for the taking, writes Jack Steggles .
Never was the saying ‘snatching defeat from the jaws of victory’ more appropriate.
Morecambe could hardly believe their luck as they made their way back home with their first win since they beat the Daggers on their own ground in a re-arranged game three weeks ago.
They managed just three meaningful shots at Chris Lewington’s goal all afternoon – and two them were enough to win a disappointing match.
To borrow a phrase from marathon runners the Daggers have hit the wall, with six defeats in their last eight games. On current form any talk of making the play-offs is fanciful.
In fact unless they stop the rot and get back on track they could find themselves dragged into a dog fight at the other end of the table.
Once again the effort they put in could not be faulted. But effort alone is simply not enough. A bit of quality is needed as well and right now that is in short supply.
The Daggers had plenty of the ball, but seldom looked like opening up the Morecambe defence and their best effort in the first half came from Luke Wilkinson – who brought a flying save from Barry Roche with a well struck 30 yard effort.
Sam Williams also bough Roche into action with a snap shot that had the keeper going full length to scramble it away’
A 25 yard effort from Kevin Ellison that went Wide was the best Morecambe could manage in the first half.
The Daggers finally made the breakthrough in the 61st minute, with a goal from man-of-the-match Wilkinson. He forced the ball in from close range from a superb free kick from Matt Saunders.
That seemed to be enough as the minutes ticked away. But Morecambe\ shook things up and stood the game on its head with two goals in two minutes.
The first came in the 81st minute. Morecambe went from their own penalty are into the Daggers box without a home player touching the ball and Stewart Drummond gave Lewington no chance with a wonder strike.
Worse was to follow when sub Ryan Williams was allowed to dwell on the ball, shake off two challenges and fire home the winner.
Luke Howell shaved the far post with the last kick of a match that once again
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Wilkinson, Ogogo, Bingham, Howell, Saunders, Elito (Shields 85), Williams, Reed (Woodall 71)
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Scott, Maher, Hoyte, Caprice.
Attendance: 1,370 (48 Morecambe fans)