Daggers remain unbeaten in the month of March after a fine 2-1 win at Newport County.
Medy Elito’s brace put them on the front foot, though an action packed first half also saw Chris Zebroski miss a first half penalty and manager Wayne Burnett sent to the stands.
Robbie Willmott pulled one back on the stroke of half time, and despite being encamped in their own half for much of the second period, the Daggers held on for another victory on the road, with the hosts ending with 10 men after David Pipe’s late dismissal.
Burnett opted to freshen the side up with Billy Bingham
and Lawson D’Ath replacing Ashley Chambers
and Luke Howell
Daggers had to soak up some early pressure from the hosts, but a fine free-kick routing outfoxed the hosts on nine minutes and Elito scored his third goal in four games.
That was the start of a period of domination from the visitors, with Norris seeing one effort blocked and another graze the top of the crossbar.
D’Ath and that man Norris again forced efforts on goal with McLaughlin fumbling the Brentford loanee’s effort behind for a corner.
Having survived that early bombardment it was the turn of the hosts to have a spell of pressure.
And from one of several corners Luke Norris was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and referee Charles Breakspear pointed to the spot.
Thankfully for the Daggers though Chris Zebroski’s fiercely struck spot kick thundered the bar and went behind for a goal kick.
The visitors looked to have made the most of that lucky break when they added a second and it was the in-form Elito once again with the goal two minutes before half time.
Ade Azeez’s effort was blocked but it fell fortunately to Elito just inside the box and he managed to find some space before slotting past McLoughlin.
Deep into stoppage time though and the hosts gave themselves a lifeline when a 35-yard free-kick from Willmott took a bounce just in front of Lewington and the ball looped over the ‘keeper and into the net.
That was the lift the hosts needed and for much of the second half, the Daggers were on the back foot.
Newport certainly had a lot of the ball but they were limited to very few chances, with Minshull shooting off target before Ryan Burge fired wide from an acute angle on the right.
Chapman missed the chance of the half as the substitute fired wide with only Lewington to beat, and the hosts had skipper David Pipe sent off in the closing stages for a second bookable offence.
Unlike on two previous occasions in recent times, Daggers held on, despite four minutes of injury time as they continue to keep alive their play-off hopes.
Dagenham & Redbridge:
Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Saah, Hoyte, D'Ath, Bingham, Ogogo, Elito, Norris (Howell 90), Azeez.
Seabright, Chambers, Shields, Dickson, Connors, Gayle
2,360 (117 away)