Goals from Zavon Hines
and Luke Howell
got the Daggers back on the winning trail and lifted them to their highest position in a league table for more than three years, writes Jack Steggles.
Not since they won the play-offs from seventh place in 2010 have the Daggers enjoyed such a lofty position
Not bad from a team hotly tipped for relegation after spending the last three seasons struggling at the other end of the table.
The bookies don’t often get it wrong. But they appear to have come unstuck this time as the Daggers go from strength to strength.
It’s all being done with hard work from staff and players and they are up there on merit.
Burton arrived at Victoria Road boasting the best away record in the league – just one defeat in seven matches and they were keen to improve on that.
But the Daggers were desperate to get back to winning ways after three successive defeats and wasted no time getting down to business.
Burton defender Phil Edwards had already been booked for two fouls on Hines before the lively winger gave the Daggers a seventh minute lead.
He was brought down in the box – a decision that angered Burton boss Gary Rowett – and picked himself up to blast home the resultant penalty.
was not far off target with a flashing left footer and skipper Abu Ogogo
hit one over the bar.
Burton made a lively start to the second half and Daggers keeper Chris Lewington
was twice called into action in the opening minutes.
But the Daggers struck again in the 54th minute – Howell applying the finishing touch when Hines whipped a free kick into a packed penalty area.
Hines created another chance with a surging run fro the halfway line. But there was no one up to apply the finishing touch to his cross, which flashed across the face of the goal.
The Daggers almost added a third in injury time when sub Chris Dickson hit a blazing shot from 20 yards that brought a flying save from Burton keeper Jordan Pickford.
Dagenham & Redbridge:
Lewington, Ilesanmi, Saah, Wilkinson, Hoyte, Howell, Ogogo, Bingham, Elito, Murphy (Dickson 70), Hines (Edgar 84).
Seabright, Doe, Scott, Obafemi, Connors.
1,626 (113 away)