Once again it was a case of ‘one step forward, two steps back’ as the Daggers suffered yet another disappointing home defeat.
Every time they go away and get a decent result they come back and waste all the good work.
Most clubs regard their home ground as a fortress. At the moment Victoria Road is more like a sand castle.
After last week’s fine draw at Burton boss Wayne Burnett was talking about making the play-offs.
To have a realistic chance of doing that his players need to start winning games like this one and the last home game against Hartlepool. Six valuable points were up for grabs in those two – and the Daggers got none.
Burnett is an advocate of pass and move football. He likes to get the ball down and play on the ground, and for that he deserves applause.
But teams aiming to go places also need a bit of steel – players who can dig in and rattle opponents cages. And in that area he Daggers are lacking.
They are a bit too easy to play against and it will help their cause immensely if they can develop more of a mean streak and become harder to beat.
Burnett will not be happy about the goals that cost them this game, for both were preventable.
The first came after only five minutes when Scott Doe
was harshly penalised for a foul on the edge of the area. Conor Hourihane smashed his left foot free kick against the bar and Reuben Reid was first to react to the rebound and put it into the net.
The second arrived in the 33rd minute, when Lewis Alessandra was allowed to run unchallenged to meet a cross from the left and volley it home.
The Daggers cancelled out the first one with a 24th minute equaliser, Zavon Hines
applying the finishing touch to a pass from Adabayo Azeez.
They dedicated that gaol to kitman Bill Edmans, who passed away last week – waving a shirt bearing his name in a lovely touch.
They had most of the play after the interval, without looking like getting back into it. In fact the two best chances of the second half fell to the Pilgrims.
So it’s back to the training ground. And for the sake of everyone concerned they have to sort out this worrying home form.
Dagenham & Redbridge
: Lewington, Doe, Saah, Wilkinson, Hoyte, Ogogo, Bingham (Shields 75), D’Ath (Elito 46), Hines, Murphy (Norris 66), Azeez.
: Seabright, Dickson.
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