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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 05:57 AM

Daggers 2 Wycombe 0

It all came right in the end. But the Daggers made hard work of beating a Wycombe side who played almost the entire second half with ten men.
The Daggers laboured through a game that must rate as the worst one seen at Victoria Road this season.
Manager Wayne Burnett will be grateful for the three points. But his reaction as he left the pitch at the end made it clear he was not happy with the performance.
The passing game he has introduced to the team took a day off. In its placed the fans were force fed a throwback to the old days, with the ball in the air far too much.
Wycombe were there for the taking and a Daggers team on anything like normal form would have wrapped it up much earlier. As it was they were way below par and allowed the visitors to keep in the game.
The Daggers threatened after only two minutes, when Wycombe keeper  Matt Ingram was forced to fist away a dipping free kick from Zavon Hines.
They had to wait until the 24th minute before putting together a decent move that brought the first goal.
A ball in from the right was cleverly played on by Rhys Murphy and Afolabi Obafemi finished decisively to give the Daggers the lead.
The Daggers fell apart as the interval approached. For a spell they were all over the place and they had an escape when Wycombe got the ball in the net but had the effort ruled out for a foul.
The second goal came from the penalty spot with the second half just two minutes old.
Murphy, in full flight, was brought down by Wanderers defender Anthony Stewart, who was sent packing with a red card. Murphy made no mistake with the penalty.
The Daggers were far from convincing for the remainder of the game and the fans had to endure some anxious moments before it was all over.
To play poorly and still manage  to win is no bad thing. But Burnett will not be satisfied and knows his team are capable of much better things.

Daggers: Lewington, Hoyte, Doe, Saah, Femi, Howell, Ogogo (C), Elito (Edgar 80), Obafemi (Saunders 54), Murphy (Scott 90), Hines.
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Wilkinson, Dickson, Connors.

Attendance: 1,618 (361 Wycombe Wanderers)

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