Another disappointing home defeat left the Daggers hovering dangerously near the wrong end of the League Two table.
But despite the setback there were encouraging signs that the times they are a changing.
New manager Wayne Burnett clearly believes in a passing game and the ball was on the ground much more often than we have seen in the past.
At times the Daggers overdid it, keeping things so tight and close they boxed themselves into a corner. But that can be sorted.
A bigger worry is the lack of fire power and an hour had elapsed before Chesterfield keeper Tommy Lee was seriously tested.
The Daggers are far too lightweight up front and need a big man to put himself about, use some muscle to make life difficult for defenders.
Chesterfield had one in Armand Gnanduillet, who proved difficult to knock off the ball and proved a handful for Scott Doe
and Luke Wilkinson
That’s what the Daggers need and the only striker on the books who fits that bill is Josh Scott
– and he has gone out on loan.
The Daggers again had plenty of the ball but lacked a real threat to the Spireites. An overhead kick from Ben Strevens, that brought a fine reflex save from Lee, was the best they could manage – although an effort from Scott Doe
in the dying seconds hit the bar.
went close with a free kick from just outside the box, but scuffed another effort with a clear shooting chance.
Saunders came to the rescue at the other end, heading off the line from a corner. And it took a brilliant tackle from the impressive Wilkinson to hook the ball away from Gnanduillet as he got set to pull the trigger.
Wilkinson also moved up to try his luc k with three long range shots that never bothered Lee. But at least he had a go.
The Daggers did manage to score in the game. But it came at the wrong end and proved the match winner.
Skipper Abu Ogogu was the unlucky man, putting the ball into his own net in a desperate attempt to keep out an effort from Sam Togwell.
It is by no mans all gloom and doom and Daggers fans have every reason to be optimistic. But they still need a few points to banish all fears of relegation and are running out of games
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Wilkinson, Hoyte, Green (Elito 74), Howell, Ogogo, Saunders (Dennis 84), Williams, Strevens (Reed 67).
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Maher, Bingham, Gracco.
Attendance: 1,675 (261 Chesterfield fans)