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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 16:47 PM

Another home game and yet another home defeat. But thanks to Barnet going down at Northampton the Daggers lived to fight another day and League Two football will be seen again at Victoria Road next season.

Daggers fans know they were lucky to get away with it after a shocking second half of the season and the squad must be reinforced before hostilities resume in August.

It was the third successive fight against relegation – a state of affairs that simply cannot be allowed to continue.

For the first time ever the club appeared to go backwards this season, and that had nothing to do with the fact Wayne Burnett took over from the departed John Still.

A chronic lack of goalscorers meant Burnett was working with one hand tied behind his back and if he is confirmed as permanent manager in the summer that is something he will give urgent attention to.

New, experienced faces are desperately needed to stop the rot. If they are not brought in the Daggers will be in exactly the same position next season. 

Burnett claimed the build up to Saturday’s game was the longest week of his life, with relegation staring the club in the face. He found it difficult to sleep and was up at 5.30am on the morning of the match.

None of that would have been necessary if they had someone who knew how to put the ball in the net. They have had enough chances in recent games to make sure the agony did not continue to the last day of the season.

Brian Woodall fired wide from a low cross from Billy Bingham and scooped another effort over the bar from almost under, while Bingham had a goalbound blast well blocked by David McGurk.

Man of the Match Luke Wilkinson – who also won Player of the Season, hit a left footer high and wide and York keeper Michael Ingham made a brilliant flying save from Luke Howell.

Daggers keeper Jordan Seabright had not been seriously tested while all this was going on. But that changed in the 68th minute when skipper Chris Smith gave York the lead.

He pounced to shoot in from close range after the Daggers failed to clear a free kick. Thanks to thje Barnet result it was not a fatal blow – but a lot of work has to be done before the season gets under way again.

Daggers: Seabright, Ilesanmi, Doe, Wilkinson, Ogogo, Elito (Reed 75), Maher, Howell, Bingham, Scott, Woodall.

Unused substitutes: Lewington, Strevens, Saunders, Hoyte, Fortune, Sharif.

Attendance: 3,781 (1,159 York fans)

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