This was a classic case of “after the Lord Mayor’s Show “!
Following fine performances against front running sides in their last three games the biggest crowd of the season turned up looking for the Daggers to carry on the good work.
Instead they had to endure the massive disappointment of a below par performance that left manager Wayne Burnett admitting his team probably got what they deserved.
After last week’s fine win at Rochdale players were talking about gatecrashing the play-offs. Many more performances like this one and they will be looking at the other end of the table.
Teams with designs on bigger and better things simply do not lose games like this one. Hartlepool were a long way short of being the best team to visit Victoria Road this season.
But the Daggers flat, low key performance allowed them to stay in the game and win it with two second half goals.
There was an element of luck about the first one, in the 68th minute a 20 yard volley from Luke Williams took a deflection and looped over Chris Lewington
The second, in the 89th minute was forced in by Andy Monkhouse following a goalmouth scramble.
By then the Daggers were a beaten team, left to regret not making the most of the few chances that came their way in a forgettable game.
had one after only nine minutes, blazing a clear opportunity high over when Zavon Hines
played a low ball in.
hit the woodwork with a close range header and skipper Abu Ogogo
could not force in the rebound.
put a header wide and had the ball in the net in the second half, only to see the effort ruled out for a foul.
That was as good as it got for the Daggers, who know they must do better if they want to make any impression.
Lewington, Hoyte, Doe, Wilkinson, Connors (Shields 83), Ogogo, Elito, D’Ath, Norris (Dickson 75), Murphy (Azeez 75), Hines.
Seabright, Ilesanmi, Saah, Bingham.
3,357 (196 Hartlepool United fans)