Fans who thought the Daggers could coast through the rest of the season with no fears of relegation were forced to think again after this latest setback.
This one was as good as over after 20 minutes, when Rovers went three goals up in a shocking opening for the Daggers.
It had Rovers travelling fans belting out their signature tune “Goodnight Irene”. And even at that early stage it was a case of goodnight Daggers, who now face a fight for survival.
A few weeks ago they had a comfortable cushion of 11 points over those in the relegation zone. A depressing run of just six points from the last eight games – with only one win – has seen that shrink to three points.
The teams below them have closed the gap by winning matches they were not expected to win. In contrast the Daggers have been dropping points against opposition they should have accounted for.
They need to stop the rot quickly if they are to stay in the Football Leaguer and they have only four games left to do it.
One player making his last appearance for Rovers and one making his first did all the damage as the Daggers suffered a horror start.
John Joe O’Toole, whose loan spell from Colchester ended on Saturday, gave the visitors a fourth minute lead, scoring at the far post when a ball from the right got through.
It got worse within two minutes when a mix up between keeper Jonathan Miles and defender Luke Wilkinson
gifted Outmare Tounkara a second.
Wilkinson tried a header back to his keeper, Miles raced out to meet it but ran past the ball and left the Rovers striker with a gaping goal to roll the ball in.
Outmare proved a nightmare all afternoon and was involved again when Danny Woodards put Rovers three up.
gave the Daggers a glimmer of hope by forcing in a good cross from Gavin Hoyte, although Medy Elito
seemed to have got the last touch.
The Daggers battled hard to repair the damage in the second half, but had left themselves far too much to do. And that were hit by a sucker punch when Tounkara pounced on a long ball to blast Rovers fourth in the 70th minute.
Sub Jake Reed
cut the arrears with his first goal for the club two minutes later. But it proved no more than a consolation and Wayne Burnett’s team now face an anxious run in.
Daggers: Miles, Ilesanmi, Doe, Wilkinson, Hoyte (Gracco 87), Sharif, Howell, Ogogo, Silva (Dennis 46), Elito (Reed 46), Strevens.
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Saunders, Maher, Fortune.
Attendance: 2,082 (482 Bristol Rovers fans)