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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 06:00 AM

Bristol Rovers 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 2

Daggers completed the double over Bristol Rovers with a fine 2-1 win at the Memorial Ground.

Ade Azeez was the man of the moment with his first two goals for the club since joining on loan from Charlton Athletic as they came from behind to secure all three points on the road.

John-Joe O’Toole had put Rovers in front but Azeez headed home a Medy Elito corner to level and then scored a fine second to ensure all three points.

Luke Wilkinson and Billy Bingham came into the side that drew 2-2 with Exeter City on Saturday, as Scott Doe and Lawson D’Ath made way.

Luke Norris won the Daggers an early corner, but the hosts made the most of their opening corner to go in front.

Lee Brown’s delivery into the box found the head of John Joe O’Toole and he headed low past Lewington for his 15th goal of the season.

Gavin Hoyte had to be alert at the back post to snuff out another teasing delivery, though up the other end skipper Abu Ogogo headed wide from Medy Elito’s free-kick.

The captain was back in his own box minutes later and got a fine block to deny David Clarkson a shot on goal.

Azeez, fresh from extending his loan with the Daggers yesterday, could have levelled for the visitors but his close-range effort was kept out by Steve Mildenhall.

However, he didn’t miss on 22 minutes when he headed home Medy Elito’s fine inswinging corner for his first goal since joining the club.

After a quiet period in play, Lewington did well to keep out a low, fierce 20-yard free-kick from Clarkson.

Kaid Mohamed, the scorer of Rovers’ winner against Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, almost put the hosts in front when he got on the end of another fine delivery from Brown but his effort went
just wide.

Daggers had the final chance of the half when Norris tried his luck from range, but the Brentford loanee fired well over Steve Mildenhall’s goal.

Norris once again took aim from distance, this time from 30 yards early in the second half which went just wide of the mark.

However the hosts then enjoyed all the pressure and Lewington did well to deny Ollie Clarke’s header, and from close range Mohamed then fluffed his lines from a ball back into the box.

Azeez was proving a handful all night for the hosts and he put the Daggers in front when he collected a pass from Norris before firing past Mildenhall.

Rovers went in search of the leveller and Lewington did well to thwart an effort from Clarkson, before he grabbed the ball with O’Toole ready to pounce.

The hosts had plenty of the possession in the latter stages but they couldn’t manage to force home an equaliser and Daggers extended their unbeaten run away from home to four games.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Hoyte, Wilkinson (Doe 63), Saah, Ilesanmi, Bingham (Chambers 59), Ogogo, Howell, Elito, Norris (Dickson 81), Azeez.
Unused substitutes: Seabright, D'Ath, Shields, Connors.
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