and Abu Ogogo
were on target as the Daggers earned their first points of the season with a welcome win at Hartlepool United.
Howell’s fifth-minute opener got the visitors up and running and though there were a couple of scares, Ogogo made sure of all three points when slotting home following Jamie Cureton
Daggers were unchanged from Saturday’s loss at Burton Albion and got off to the best possible start when Cureton laid the ball into the path of Howell who, with the aid of a slight deflection, slotted past Scott Flinders.
Hartlepool, also pointless going into the fixture, did have their chances though when Jonathan Franks missed the target from six yards and then minutes later he scooped over when well placed.
Brad Walker saw a free-kick deflected behind for a corner, but the Daggers held out until half time.
More pressure came the way at the start of the second period as Liam O’Brien was forced into a good save to tip Luke James’ effort over the bar, while the hosts also failed to capitalise on a poor back pass.
For all their pressure though they failed to take advantage and the Daggers capitalised on Neil Austin’s misplaced pass.
Cureton was again the provider when he played the ball into the path of the skipper and despite being under pressure from the Pools backline, Ogogo slotted past Flinders off the inside of the post.
The hosts kept plugging away but the Daggers remained defiant at the back, and when called upon O’Brien kept Colin Cooper’s side out.
The closest the hosts came to finding a way back into the encounter was when Austin’s acrobatic effort was tipped onto the crossbar by O’Brien.
But unlike Saturday, there was no late comeback from Hartlepool and the Daggers journey back to Victoria Road was a happy one with a much-welcomed three points on board.
Dagenham & Redbridge: O’Brien, Partridge, Doe, Saah, Connors, Howell, Ogogo, Boucaud, Hemmings (Porter 81), Cureton (Goldberg 88), Chambers.
Unused substitutes: Cousins, Doidge, Labadie, Green, Gayle.
Attendance: 2,792 (70 Dagenham & Redbridge)