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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 06:01 AM

Wycombe 2 Daggers 0

Ten-men Daggers fell to their first defeat in nine games as Wycombe picked up a big win to boost their league survival hopes.
Scott Doe saw red late in the first half for an altercation with former Dagger Stuart Lewis and Steven Craig, before the latter gave the Chairboys the advantage a minute into the second half from the penalty spot.

And Max Kretzschmar ensured all three points went to Gareth Ainsworth’s side with a low driven effort from just inside the box.

With Blair Turgott out injured and Ashley Chambers recalled from his loan by Cambridge, boss Wayne Burnett made two changes with the duo replaced by Matt Saunders and Billy Bingham.

Wycombe dominated the early possession, but there was little for Chris Lewington to worry about in the visiting goal.

Daggers did have the first clear cut chance when Norris’ header following a Matt Saunders free-kick was hacked clear off the line.

Medy Elito then saw an effort blocked as the visitors enjoyed some pressure, while Wycombe goalkeeper Ingram gathered at the second attempt following a Norris shot.

Lewington’s first real task in the Daggers goal was to keep out a fierce 20-yard strike from Matt Bloomfield.

However, it would be an uphill struggle for the visitors to get anything from the game when they were reduced to 10 men three minutes before the break.

Matt Saunders’ weak back header was gathered by Lewington under pressure from Steven Craig, who left his foot in.

Scott Doe reacted to that though and a melee broke out with several players getting involved and while Craig was cautioned, Daggers’ centre half was shown a straight red.

Ian Gayle came on for his debut to slot in at the back, and the visitors held out until half time.

But a minute into the half and the hosts went in front when Brian Saah was adjudged to have tripped former Dagger Stuart Lewis in the box.

Craig stepped up and slotted the penalty home to give the Chairboys a vital lead, and from then on it was one-way traffic.

Numerous balls into the box were just about cleared by Burnett’s side until Kretzschmar’s shot across goal from just inside the box found the net.

Chances were few and far between for the 10 men of Dagenham and their luck was summed up when Elito twice shot well off target.

Lewington kept out Sam Wood’s free-kick and Lewis saw a late effort hit the stanchion post, but in truth the game was already over as a contest.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Hoyte, Doe, Saah, Connors (Dickson 81), Saunders (Gayle 43), Ogogo, Howell, Bingham (Azeez 54), Elito, Norris
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Obafemi, D'Ath, Shields.
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