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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 16:47 PM

Daggers 0 - 1 AFC Wimbledon

The Daggers can never be accused of doing things by halves.

After bright performances against Cheltenham and Gillingham – in which fans saw the best of them – they followed with an absolute shocker against relegation threatened rivals.

It was the Daggers who looked more like the team in trouble as they struggled to put any sort of game together.

They lacked attacking threat and managed just one effort on target all afternoon. And that was a header from keeper Chris Lewington that was cleared off the line.

Lewington went up for a corner in the dying seconds and came closest to earning the Daggers a point that would not they really have deserved.

Manager John Still was at a loss to explain the poor performance. But it’s gone now , so he won’t dwell on it and immediately turned his focus on Wednesday’s trip to Capital Cup finalists Bradford City.

“These things happen. They are part and parcel of the game and we will get over it and keep working as hard as we have all season to get back on track, “said Still,

Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley claimed he knew beforehand his players were up for it. And they proved him right with a win that lifted them out of the bottom two.

Chances at either end were few and far between and both keepers – Lewington and veteran Neil Sullivan – will have had much busier days than this one.

Lewington made a fine reflex save from Gary Alexander midway through the first half and he was not troubled again until sub Kevin Sainte-Luce grabbed the winner ten minutes from time.

Sainte-Luce, on loan from Cardiff, belted the ball through a crowd of players afters the Daggers failed to clear a corner from Chris Hussey.

Apart from Lewington’s late effort the Daggers never looked like saving the game and Wimbledon’s army of travelling fans left the ground chanting “can we play you every week”.

It was certainly one to forget and the only good thing about the day was the fact that their league was not damaged because other results went for them.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Wilkinson, Hoyte, Elito (Green 80), Howell, Ogogo, Saunders (Reed 65), Strevens, Williams.

Unused substitutes: Seabright, Maher, Caprice, Woodall, Bingham.

AFC Wimbledon: Sullivan, Balkestein, Bennett, Hussey, Meades (Mitchel-King 51), S Moore, Pell, L Moore, Dickenson (Sainte-Luce 61), Alexander (Darko 61), Midson.

Unused substitutes: Jaimez-Ruiz, Cummings, Long, Yussuff.

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