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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 16:47 PM

Daggers 0 - 1 Oxford

Watching the Daggers at home\ right now has become about as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist.

Most clubs regard their home ground as a fortress. Dagenham’s recent record suggests theirs is more like a sandcastle.

Since Boxing Day they have staged eleven League Two games at Victoria Road, winning just two, drawing two and losing the rest.

That means from a total of 33 points on offer they have taken only eight – which is why they are in big trouble at the wrong end of the table.

Once Oxford hit the front with virtually their first  attack late in the first half, home fans feared the worst.

For all their effort and honest endeavour the Daggers were lightweight up front. They enjoyed a lion’s share of the play but offered little threat in the final third.

Oxford had little trouble letting the Daggers come at them – and pick them off so effectively that keeper Max Crocombe was never seriously tested.

A series of second half corners, drilled in by sub Louis Dennis, brought the keeper into action but he kept hisx goal intact.

When you have a problem scoring goals it is vital to snap up the chances when they arrive. The Daggers had two great opportunities – and squandered them both.

The first fell to Luke Howell, given a clear shooting chance on the edge of the area. He blazed it high into the stand housing all the Oxford fans.

The second, and best opening of the match, was offered to Mo Sharif in the dying seconds. He was even closer, but managed to put it out in the road.

Jake Reed was guilty of a heavy touch from another opportunity. But he allowed the ball to run away from him and Oxford were off the hook.

The perfect word to sum up the afternoon for the Daggers would be frustration. They gave it all they had but it was not enough to bring them the win they so desperately needed.

Oxford produced little to worry Dagger keeper Jordan Seabright, apart from the 40th minute goal from Alfie Potter that won them the game.

Alfie showed the Daggers what finishing was all about when he slammed the ball in from close range after Femi failed to clear.

Daggers: Seabright, Ilesanmi, Doe, Wilkinson, Ogogo, Maher, Elito (Strevens 79), Howell, Saunders (Dennis 46), Silva (Sharif 59), Reed.

Unused substitutes: Miles, Hoyte, Fortune, Bingham.

Attendance: 1,788 (369 away fans)

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