Dagenham Still Battling Relegation

Dagenham & Redbridge remain rooted bottom of League Two after a late goal from Accrington Stanley’s Billy Kee secured three points for the visitors, as Youcef Dahmani reports.

The visitors started well with Liam O’Brien being forced into an early save, but couldn’t turn the pressure into a win after Accrington’s Billy Kee scored for the home side in the second half.

Dagenham’s Dominic Hyam had their first chance of the game when the defender met a well delivered free kick from Matty Cash, however his tame header was easily handled by Ross Etheridge in the Stanley goal.

Hyam pressure

After 15 minutes, Dagenham created another chance. Cash’s corner was met by Joe Worrall, whose knock down was met by Hyam on the half volley. Unfortunately for the Daggers the ball drifted over the bar.

Hyam, who was very much involved throughout the first 20 minutes, gave the ball away too easily to Piero Mingoia. Mingoia sprinted into the box and blasted a shot at goal, however his effort flew across the six yard box and out for a goal kick.

The best chance of the half fell to veteran striker, Jamie Cureton. 18 year old Cash broke free behind the Stanley defence and unselfishly squared the ball to Cureton, whose effort was again put over the bar.

At the start of the second half, Billy Kee caught O’Brien by surprise as his shot went just wide off of the far post.

In a dull second half Kee provided the only bit of action in the 83rd minute. Joss Labadie gave the ball away to the Stanley defence and the ball was played to the Northern Irishman who ran from his own half before playing a one-two with McCartan. Kee’s first attempt on goal was blocked, before he managed to beat O’Brien with his second attempt.

‘Competed brilliantly’

Following his sides defeat, John Still told BBC Radio London:

“The boys have competed, as they have done, against a side that’s going for the play-offs.

“At the end of the day it’s always about the same things. It’s about the two boxes; we should have been 1-0 up at half-time.

“Our confidence isn’t high but we’ve competed brilliantly.”

The result keeps Dagenham nine points off safety, whereas Stanley are now only one point shy of the automatic promotion places.