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Posted Wed 20 Aug 14 at 15:35 PM

Daggers 1 Bury 0

The Daggers gave their fans a Happy New Year with a gritty performance that lifted them out of the relegation zone.

Rhys Murphy grabbed the goal that won the game and the Daggers had to dig in and battle hard for the three valuable points.

They did it in a way that warmed the heart on a bleak winter's day and if they keep producing this sort of committment, better times could be just around the corner.

The defending was outstanding as they kept a second successive clean sheet. In view of previous well documented problems at the back there was massive improvement.

Bury had the Daggers on the back foot with a lively start and they threw everything at them with a strong response after going behind.

But Wayne Burnett's men stood up to be counted and every one of them put in a available shift. And none did better than skipper Scott Doe and his central defensive partner Ayo Obileye.

The young giant, on loan from Charlton, has added steel to the team. His loan ended after this game, but the Daggers are anxious to extend it..

The goal that won it came early in the second half. Murphy swooped to apply the finishing touch after a shot from Billy Bingham hit a defender and looped into the air.

They had another decent chance when Murphy set him up, but his effort was easily saved by Bury keeper Rob Lainton.

At the other end Daggers keeper Mark Cousins saved well from Ryan Lowe. But he knew nothing about another effort from the same player that struck the woodwork.

And it needed an incredible goal line clearance from Andre Boucaud in the dying seconds to keep the Daggers goal intact.

They lived dangerously and could have gone under. But they stuck at it and were rewarded for their effort.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Connors, Doe, Obileye, Partridge (Batt 72), Hemmings, Bingham, Labadie (Boucaud 72), Chambers, Murphy (Yusuff 83), Cureton.
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Saah, Hines, Howell.

Attendance: 1877 (245 Bury supporters).

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