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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 06:01 AM

Daggers 0 Northampton 3

Daggers defeated in the final home match of the season
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett claims he wants two or three summer signings to add to the squad for next season.
 
But after this latest shabby display – following the one against Portsmouth – fans left the ground convinced he needs a few more than that.
 
Once again the Daggers were clear second best to a team at the foot of the table and fighting for survival.
 
And fight Northampton did, with much more desire and urgency than Burnett’s men could produce.
 
To try and explain away  this latest poor performance by saying the Daggers – not involved in a relegation fight for the first time in four years – had nothing to play for is not acceptable.
 
They had pride to play for. They also owed it to the fans, who paid good money to watch it and got nothing in return.
 
The Daggers managed just one effort on target all afternoon – a header from Luke Norris that brought a flying save from Cobblers keeper Matt Duke.
 
Norris – who had a spell at Northampton early in the season and scored against the Daggers – got precious little service to feed off and was carried away on a stretcher in the final minutes.
 
Luke Howell had two shooting chances in the second half. One finished up in the back row of the stand, the other near a corner flag. And that summed up the home side’s sorry afternoon.
 
The Cobblers went ahead after seven minutes when slack defending allowed a cross from the left to get through and Ivan Toney swooped to head past Jordan Seabright.
 
The next two came after the Daggers failed to deal decisively with corner kicks. No surprise there, then!
 
Goal No.2 came in the 11th minute – a left foot volley from Ian Morris when the ball dropped to him 20 yards out.
 
Toney completed the scoring six minutes before half time with a spectacular overhead kick, when another corner was not cleared properly.
 
That was game over and although the Cobblers did not add to their tally, the Daggers never looked like scoring either.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Seabright. Hoyte, Saah, Doe, Ilesanmi (D’Ath 68), Connors, Ogogo, Howell, Elito, Norris (Turgott 90), Obafemi (Shields 46)
Unused substitutes: Lewington, Bingham, Saunders, Gayle.

Attendance: 2,668 (1,234 away)

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