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Posted Wed 20 Aug 14 at 15:35 PM

Northampton 1 Daggers 0

Daggers poor run against Northampton Town continued at Sixfields Stadium as Ricky Holmes 60th minute goal consigned Wayne Burnett’s side to a defeat.

They struggled throughout against the Cobblers and the one-goal victory was the least the host deserved, and it could have been more.

Northampton made a great start at Sixfields Stadium and could have easily gone ahead inside the opening 10 minutes.

First Jason Taylor forced Mark Cousins into a save from close range after Holmes crossed into the box inside the first minute.

Before Ryan Cresswell had two efforts cleared in the same incident following a Cobblers corner, Alex Jakubiak smashing his back heel attempt away.

With just five minutes played Daggers fans were happy it was goalless, with the home side staring like a house on fire.

Rhys Murphy did have a great opportunity with 18 minutes played, though, as he ran onto a hopeful long ball.

Northampton keeper Matt Duke had came racing out of his goal before stopping, but Murphy couldn’t hit the target from 25-yards-out and it stayed 0-0.

Back heels seemed to be the theme of the day at Sixfields with John-Joe O’Toole having an attempt following Evan Horward’s cross, but it went just wide.

In the 37th minute Burnett’s side should have found themselves behind, but they were thankful former loanee Lawson D’Ath missed the target.

Horwood crossed into the box and it seemed it was easier for D’Ath to miss than score, but the Cobblers midfielder completely miscued his effort away from goal.

It actually went back out to Horwood and he delivered another impressive cross, but Marc Richards header towards goal was easily saved by Mark Cousins and it remained goalless at the break.

Northampton again started strongest in the second period and had the ball in the net after 52 minutes.

But Richards header from Holmes cross was ruled out for offside and Daggers again survived.

Murphy had a good opportunity just before the hour mark when Boucaud long range pass found the forward.

But after making space for himself he tamely side footed straight at Matt Duke and the chance had gone.

A minute later and Cobblers made them pay as they finally opened the scoring with an hour gone.

O’Toole picked the ball up and ran at the away defence before passing to Holmes, and he brilliantly made space for himself before firing past Cousins and into the corner.

Burnett introduced Jamie Cureton and Ade Yusuff, but it failed to change the tide of the match as Northampton continued to dominate.

D’Ath had an effort hit the bar seven minutes from time and despite four minutes being added on Daggers could create a telling chance and fell to a loss that drops them into the bottom two.

Northampton Town: Duke, Moloney, Cresswell, Collins, Horwood, D’Ath, Taylor, Byrom, Holmes (Toney 90), O’Toole (Hackett 84), Richards.

Unused substitutes: Carter, Tozer, Snedker, Diamond, Robertson.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Doe, Obileye, Connors, Jakubiak (Yusuff 65), Labadie, Boucaud, Bingham, Hemmings (Chambers 82), Murphy (Cureton 65).

Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Saah, Howell, Widdowson.

Attendance: 4,122 (156 Daggers supporters).


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