had put Wayne Burnett’s side into a 1-0 half time lead, but an amazing turn of events saw six goals were shipped in the space of 14 minutes and though Daggers went down to 10 with three minutes remaining after Gavin Hoyte
was shown a straight red for a tackle on Ben Coker, the visitors secured a monumental victory over the League Two rivals.
The visitors started brightly, but Southend edged their way into the tie as Ben Coker fired a free-kick just over Jordan Seabright’s bar.
Kevan Hurst then saw a shot well blocked by a covering Abu Ogogo
however, the Daggers took the lead when Rhys Murphy
’s ball into the box was headed past Paul Smith by Hines for his second in successive games.
But nothing would prepare anybody for the second half that was witnessed.
Cauley Woodward was introduced by Phil Brown at the break and he made an almost immediate impact as he found the net on 51 minutes as he converted Ben Coker’s centre.
His day got even better two minutes later as he profited from Jordan Seabright
spilling Hurst’s shot and he did the rest from close range.
The Daggers reacted superbly though to going behind in double quick time as Saah headed home a pinpoint Matt Saunders
cross past Smith after 58 minutes.
Two minutes later and Burnett’s side were in the lead when a deep ball in from Femi
Ilesanmi found the arriving Zavon Hines
at the back post and he fired fiercely past Smith.
And in an amazing turnaround Burnett’s side doubled their lead when the Southend keeper spilt a shot from Saah and Dickson was on hand to prod home from two yards out.
But the Shrimpers day at the office got even worse when Smith was again at fault as he couldn’t deal with a Luke Prosser back pass and substitute Afolabi Obafemi
was able to walk the ball into the net.
Everyone was shellshocked at the turn of events but it ended on a bad note for the visitors when Gavin Hoyte
was shown a straight red card with three minutes left on the clock following a late lunge on Coker.
But even that couldn’t completely overdo what Daggers had achieved on the night – scoring five for the first time away from home since a league game at Altrincham in the Conference Promotion winning campaign of 2006-07.
Dagenham & Redbridge:
Seabright, Ilesanmi, Wilkinson, Saah, Hoyte, Ogogo, Saunders, Elito, Hines (Bingham 81), Murphy (Obafemi 56), Dickson (Woodall 81)
3,236 (416 away)