A last minute penalty from debutant Kevin Kilbane was enough to knock the Daggers out of the Capital One Cup first round, in a game which neither teams managed to take control of.
John Still’s men were hoping to continue their good form of pre-season against a Coventry side who up until last season were plying their trade in the Championship. The league 1 side fielded a strong starting eleven which included the experience of Gary McSheffrey and new signing Kilbane.
With both teams making tentative starts to the game, the Sky Blues created the first chance after 10 minutes. Cody Mcdonald found space in the box but his powerfully struck effort from the angle produced a strong block from ‘keeper Chris Lewington.
Coventry City carved out their second opportunity of the game as McSheffrey bought Chris Hussey into play down the left hand side and his cross was glanced just over by the threatening McDonald.
The Daggers only mustered a couple of half chances within the first 30 minutes. Josh Scott couldn’t generate enough power to send Brian Woodall’s knockdown goal wards while Billy Bingham’s deflected volley from 20 yards went narrowly over the crossbar.
It took until the 40th minute for Dagenham to create their first clear cut chance. Debutant Gavin Hoyte whipped a ball into the box which found Scott Doe free at the far post. His furiously hit half volley clipped the top of Joe Murphy’s crossbar, rallying the home crowd.
The Daggers were gaining momentum and seconds before half time Scott battled for the ball on the right wing and cut inside, firing a curling shot inches wide of left hand corner of the goal from 25 yards out.
Neither team managed to take hold of the game in the second half which produced no chances of note until the final minutes.
Coventry substitute Richard Wood was hauled down in the Daggers box by Michael Spillane, and referee Williamson had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Debutant and Captain Kevin Kilbane stepped up to smash the ball past Lewington from 12 yards to put Andy Thorn’s side into the next round.
Victory for the home side would have given them their first ever victory in the competition but attention now turns to Saturday’s clash with Cheltenham.
The Robins manager Mark Yates was in attendance to eagerly watch over John Still’s men, as both teams head into the League campaign on the back of narrow defeats in the Capital One Cup.
Vicarage Field Man Of The Match - Gavin Hoyte
Attendance - 1904 (580 Away)
Lewington, Hoyte, Doe, Spillane, Ilesanmi, Ogogo (c), Bingham, Howell, Elito, Woodall (Reed), Scott (Williams)
Subs Not Used: Davies (GK), Wilkinson, Dom Green, DJ Green, Dennis