Dagenham ended a run of four successive defeats with a 1-0 victory over second-placed Bournemouth.

Mark Arber grabbed the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 39th-minute, the Daggers skipper sending Shwan Jalal the wrong way after Peter Gain had been upended in the box.

There was precious little action in the first half as Paul Benson turned Graeme Montgomery's cross over the bar for the hosts, while Brett Pitman fired Bournemouth's best chance off target.

However, the deadlock was broken just before the break when Gain was adjudged to have been fouled in the area and Arber drove home the resulting spot-kick.

After the break, Liam Feeney forced Tony Roberts into a fine save, before Gain drilled just wide after Montgomery's pass.

Roberts made a brave save from Pitman's header, before Daggers came close to a second as Benson's shot crashed against the bar and Montgomery's follow-up was cleared off the line.

Anton Robinson came close to an equaliser for the Cherries, but fired wide from 16 yards, and Montgomery should then have made victory secure for Dagenham, only to skew off target from just outside the box.

Josh Scott came close to killing the game off with minutes remaining, but his snapshot was somehow saved by the wrong-footed Jalal, before the keeper then twice saved from the striker when he was clear through on goal.

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