The Daggers came back down to earth following their four goal victory over AFC Wimbledon when they were beaten in a lacklustre performance at Carlisle.
Jason Kennedy secured victory for the hosts in the 55th minute as they ended a four-match losing run and gave themselves some breathing space at the foot of the table.
Manager, Wayne Burnett made four changes to the team that faced AFC Wimbledon on Easter Monday, with Jack Connors
, Matt Partridge
, Joss Labadie
and Ashley Chambers
all coming into the squad replacing Luke Howell
, Ashley Hemmings
, Christian Doidge
and the injured Joe Widdowson
In blustery conditions Carlisle started on the front foot and trouble came for the visitors in the 11th minute when Sean O’Hanlon had an effort rattle the right-post and a let off for the Daggers.
forced a routine save in the centre of goal from the Carlisle ‘keeper as Gillespie palmed away the midfielder’s efforts.
Carlisle had the better of the chances, but it was nil-nil going into the break.
Keith Curle’s men gave a taste of what was to come in the lead up to the opening goal as they had four chances squandered before Kennedy finally came good.
It was Kennedy who turned a six-yard effort into the Daggers goal on 55 minutes, following an initial effort from Patrick Brough.
The goal kick started the Daggers and they made a game of it in the closing stages with Joss Labadie
denied what seemed a stone-wall penalty.
The fourth official held up the board to indicate a minimum of six minutes and the groans rang out from all around Brunton Park as the home fans sensed a Daggers equaliser.
Following a corner, Ayo Obileye
was pulled down by Troy Archibald-Henville and both rolled on the floor holding each other. The referee decided to send both players off much to the amazement of the other players.
That extended the number of minutes to play and in the ninth minute of injury time the Daggers almost grabbed an equaliser when Matt Partridge
’s shot hit the underside of the bar from a corner.
Instead Carlisle fans celebrated at the final whistle leaving the Daggers to make the long journey home and prepare for Tuesdays visit by Luton Town.
Daggers: Cousins, Partridge, Doe, Obileye, Connors (Jakubiak 72), Ogogo, Labadie, Boucaud, Bingham, Cureton (Doidge 83), Chambers (Yusuff 61).
Unused subs: Gayle, Raymond, Jones, Moore.
Attendance: 3,660 (including 123 Daggers fans).