Brand new season, same old home form. A new team it may be, with a raft of summer signings. But too many of the old habits reared their head and proved costly.
They conceded from a set piece and they invariably came off second best in physical challenges.
Manager Wayne Burnett has clearly brought in people who can play the game. What was lacking in this game were players who can stop the opposition from doing it.
They need an imposing figure to add a streak of steel and put the frighteners on, because on the evidence of this display they are too nice.
The Daggers can claim to have got a raw deal conceding a soft looking penalty. But they can’t blame this defeat on that and Burnett will be concerned they switched off in he second half after a reasonable start.
They had the better of the first half, looking bright and lively and forcing Morecambe on to the back foot. But it all changed dramatically after the break.
Morecambe scored twice in the opening minutes to stun the home side and take firm control after that.
The first goal came in the 49th minute, when Scott Doe
conceded a free kick just outside the area. It was tailor made for veteran Kevin Ellison, who blasted a low left footer through the wall and inside keeper Liam O’Brien’s right hand post.
Doe was involved again in an innocuous looking incident that ended with the referee pointing to the spot and Padraig Amond double the lead with a well struck penalty.
Morecambe were comfortable after that and it took a superb one handed save from Ellison to prevent further damage.
The Daggers plugged away but lacked the power up front to do much about it and the visitors piled on the agony in injury time when Jack Redshaw rolled the third into an empty net with Burnett’s men all over the place.
On Saturday it cried out for a goalscorer and a commanding defender and Burnett will be going flat out to sort it.
Daggers: O’Brien, Batt, Saah, Doe, Connors, Boucaud, Ogogo, Howell (Porter 59), Hemmings (Goldberg 76), Cureton, Chambers.
Unused substitutes: Cousins, Labadie, Partridge, Gayle, Raymond.
Attendance: 1,529 (113 away)