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Colin Munford at Victoria Park
Saturday, November 2, 2013
League Two: Hartlepool United 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1
Andy Monkhouse’s header 11 minutes from time for Hartlepool saw Daggers lose out at a cold and blustery Victoria Park.
The visitors fell behind after Luke Poole’s 12th minute effort but levelled after the break following a fine piece of play from Zavon Hines.
But with a point looking likely they conceded from a set piece as Monkhouse headed Matty Dolan’s corner past goalkeeper Chris Lewington to take all three points.
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett opted to keep faith with the same side which beat Rochdale 3-1 at home last week.
The early pressure came from the hosts with former Leeds midfielder Simon Walton seeing a shot deflected behind for a corner after just two minutes
Up the other end though it was the league’s top goalscorer Murphy who was presented with a great chance for the visitors but fired horribly wide after some good play on the touchline from the former Arsenal man.
But the Daggers did fall behind after 12 minutes and it was a series of ricochets which helped them break the deadlock.
Michael Duckworth’s shot fell kindly to Luke James and his shot was poked in at the back post by Poole for his fourth of the season.
Daggers hadn’t really settled yet and it was the hosts who went close to doubling their lead as Lewington kept out a fierce Walton effort with his chest.
The visitors strength all season has been their pace in attack and it almost proved to be profitable once again as they launched a quick counter.
Medy Elito outpaced past Pools skipper Neil Austin but his effort was easily saved by Flinders.
Zavon Hines went even closer as he had the beating of the home goalkeeper but saw former Eastbury School pupil Jack Baldwin diverted the effort behind for a Daggers corner.
And as the half drew to a close the visitors had one final chance as a ball in from the left found Luke Howell on the edge of the area but after finding some space shot left footed and wide.
Burnett made no changes at the start of the second period but a bit of individual skill levelled things for the Daggers on 55 minutes.
Hines had the ball wide on the right and jinked past his man before firing low across goal past Flinders.
The second half was much more open and chances were being created at both ends.
Elito threaded a lovely ball through for Murphy after 60 minutes but rather than shoot he squared for Ogogo and his shot was blocked.
Hartlepool were quickly on the attack and the Daggers had Lewington to thank for keeping out Duckworth’s effort from just outside the box.
Up the other end, Ogogo flicked a Bingham free-kick wide and then just seconds later Brian Saah headed narrowly wide with Flinders panicking.
But the hosts went back in the lead with 11 minutes remaining and the set piece hoodoo struck once again as Dolan’s dangerous inswinging corner found Monkhouse who rose highest to head past Lewington.
And despite late pressure with Scott Doe, making his 200th appearance for the club pushed into a forward role, their search for another late equaliser proved to be in vain.
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Duckworth, Baldwin, Burgess, Austin, Franks (Holden 79), Walton, Dolan, Monkhouse, Poole (Sweeney 67), James (Richards 86).
Unused substitutes: Rafferty, Collins, Rodney, Walker.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Connors, Doe, Saah, Hoyte, Ogogo, Howell (Dickson 81), Bingham, Elito (Obafemi 89), Hines, Murphy.
Unused substitutes: Wilkinson, Ilesanmi, Scott, Shields, Seabright.
Attendance: 3,450 (99 Daggers fans)