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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 05:55 AM

Daggers continue unbeaten home run

Goals from Abu Ogogo and Luke Howell gave Daggers fans reasons to be cheerful.

And a magnificent penalty save from Chris Lewington kept the Daggers noses in front and denied Rovers the chance to get back into the game.

It kept the unbeaten home run going with a performance that suggested they can defy the prophets of doom, who made them relegation certs before a ball was kicked.

It’s still early days and it's dangerous to make predictions – bearing in mind the alarming collapse in the second half of last season that almost ended in disaster.

There is enough about this group of young players to give rise to optimism. They are kids who want to learn and there is a refreshing energy about their play.

Skipper Ogogo forced a save from Rovers keeper Steve Mildenhall before he gave the home side the lead in the tenth minute.

He was on the spot to force the ball in from close range after a free kick from Zavon Hines was knocked back by Howell.

Mildenhall blocked two more efforts from Ogogo as the Daggers continued the call the tune. Rovers offered little in return to bother Lewington.

But Lewington was certainly needed in the 56th minute, when Brian Saah was adjudged to have handled a cross from the right and Rovers were awarded a penalty.

Matt Harrold took it and drove a firm shot low to Lewington’s right hand post. But the keeper was down in a flash to produce a superb stop.

That signalled Rovers best spell of the match as Daggers lost their shape and doubts crept into their game. But they regained the initative to make sure of all three points with a vital second goal in the 72nd minute.

The chance seemed to have gone when Rhys Murphy, given a clear run on goal, saw his shot knocked away by Mildenhall, But from the resultant corner Howell headed into the net to complete a good afternoon’s work.

OK, maybe Wayne Burnett’s new look team  are not clinical or ruthless enough, but that will come with experience. They are not going to set the world alight, but the signs are encouraging.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Doe, Saah, Bingham, Ogogo (c), Murphy, Obafemi (Elito 63), Howell, Hoyte, Connors, Hines (Shields 90).
Unused subs: Seabright, Wilkinson, Femi, Saunders, Woodall.

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