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Posted Wed 20 Aug 14 at 15:29 PM

Daggers 2 Mansfield 0

1,558 were on hand to watch Dagenham collect their first points at home against Mansfield Town.

Two victories in a week - and two clean sheets. It does not get much better than that for Daggers fans.

Both victories were by the same scoreline. The goalscorers were the same as well, Luke Howell and skipper Abu Ogogo.

Ogogo won the Man of the Match award. But there were a few canditates for that in a solid, all round team performance.

Even the most ardent Mansfield fan could not argue that the Daggers deserved to win the match.

They had a sticky spell after going two goals up as the Stags battled to get back into it. But that did not last lobg and they were soon back in control.

Mansfield were a team giants and boss Wayne Burnett warned his players to expect a physical battle. The Daggers coped with it well.

So well that the visitors were restricted to just one serious effort - a low drive fron sub Ollie Palmer that keeper Liam O'Brien saved well on his near post.

The Daggers made most of the running but in the early stages their final ball let them down. The impressive Matt Partridge whipped a great ball across the face of the goal and Ogogo had an effort charged down.

The breakthrough came on the stroke of halftime, when Howell rammed the ball home from close range after Jamie Cureton pulled it back from the by line.

The second came with an hour gone, Ogogo applying a decisive finishing touch after Partridge and Ashley Chambers had carved out the opening.

The Daggers lost their composure for a while after that. But once they got through that the issue wasnever in doubt.

They will face much sterner tests than the one provided bu muscular Mansfield. But they seem to be growing as a team and if this performance is a guide the signs look encouraging.
Daggers: O’Brien, Partridge, Doe, Saah, Connors, Ogogo, Howell, Boucaud, Chambers, Cureton (Porter 77), Hemmings (Labadie 90+2).
Unused substitutes: Cousins, Green, Goldberg, Gayle, Clarke.
Attendance: 1,558 (190 away)

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