Daggers deliver but not a win to saviour
IT WAS somewhat unfitting of a game lacking in quality throughout that two well-taken goals separated Dagenham and York.
Rhys Murphy’s second in as many league games and Brian Woodall’s 79th-minute effort will look good on the highlights, and frankly you need not see any more of this scrappy, unattractive encounter.
The Daggers huffed, puffed and too quickly resorted to aimless long balls, while City too often appeared like they had not recovered mentally from their defeat against Burnley in the Capital One Cup
There was little between the two sides, and the decisive moments came towards the end of each half.
Woodall’s smart flick on 36 minutes was picked up by Murphy, who kept his nerve to round York goalkeeper Michael Ingham and coolly slot home.
Provider turned scorer for the Daggers’ second, as his neat finish from Medy Elito’s pinpoint diagonal ball gave Wayne Burnett his first home win since taking charge of the Daggers in February.
“We want to make this place a fortress. Teams should be fearing us when they come here, because they know we’re going to have a real go at them. That’s what we did that to York,” said first team coach Warren Hackett.
“Not winning at home sticks in the back of your mind. Whenever you speak to your family and friends, everyone asks when you’re going to win at home. That’s done now.
“I think anybody can beat anybody at this level, and we weren’t really surprised we went on and won because we know we’ve got that in our locker.”
The visitors arguably did enough to warrant a draw from the game, and defensive duo Lanre Oyebanjo and David McGurk both had first-half efforts cleared off the line.
In the minutes prior to Murphy’s opener, they were playing the neater, more enterprising football, but like any notable action, that was severely lacking in the second half.
“I’m very pleased with the performance, we competed well and played some good football, particularly in the first half and I thought we were on top for quite a bit of the game,” said York manager Nigel Worthington.
“With the goals, I suppose they never come at the right time, but for the first they’ve broke wide and it’s in the back of the net.
“I thought the players put a shift in and that pleases me.
“If we keep doing so many right things hopefully we will get our rewards out there on the pitch.”