It may have been backs to the wall for the most part but Daggers picked up their first away win since October 22 with a 1-0 success at Rochdale thanks to Rhys Murphy
’s second half strike.
The visitors spent much of the game on the back foot against the promotion contenders, but a combination of fine goalkeeping from Chris Lewington
and the hosts inability to convert allowed the Daggers to make the journey back with three points.
Daggers opted to go with the same starting XI which picked up a point in the 1-1 home draw with Southend United.
The early warning signs were there for the visitors when George Donnelly shot over from just a few yards out after Ian Henderson’s corner wasn’t fully dealt with by the Daggers.
It was all Rochdale early on and Donnelly called Chris Lewington
in action with a close-range header which the Daggers stopper did well to tip behind following skipper Michael Rose’s lofted ball into the box.
Daggers struggled to gain a foothold in the game, and their first real effort of note saw Rhys Murphy
shoot well over from distance.
But that was as good as it got for the most part, as they had to soak up plenty of pressure.
With five minutes to go until half time Henderson almost profited from some miscommunication at the back as Scott Doe
let a ball sail across the box, however, fortunately Henderson was unable to get a decisive touch.
It was a better start to the second half for the visitors, but it was still Keith Hill’s side which had the first chance on goal as Matt Done shot low just past Lewington’s left hand post.
This had a similar feel to the home game – where a counter attacking Daggers won 3-1 - and with their first chance of the half they took the lead on 62 minutes.
It was Rochdale’s chance to not clear their lines from a corner and Luke Wilkinson
managed to drill a cross in from the left and Murphy was there at the back post to slot home.
The home fans started to get on Rochdale’s back and as they pressed for an equaliser, Daggers had Abu Ogogo
to thank for clearing a Hogan header off the line.
Hogan was proving to be a real menace and he had two efforts in a space of a few seconds as an initial effort was blocked and his follow up was held by Lewington.
But the Daggers had the perfect chance to wrap things up two minutes from time when the ball found its way to substitute Chris Dickson but he somehow poked the effort from close range straight at Lillis.
And Elito was the next to miss a golden opportunity after racing down the right, but rather than pick out an unmarked Norris, his effort was deflected behind.
However, the Daggers had done enough and that’s now five points from a possible nine against three top-seven sides in recent weeks.
Dagenham & Redbridge:
Lewington, Connors, Doe, Wilkinson, Hoyte, Ogogo, Elito, D'Ath, Norris, Murphy (Bingham 90+4), Hines (Dickson 84).
Seabright, Shields, Obafemi, Ilesanmi, Saah