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Dale back on track with win: Match Review

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Rochdale ended a poor run of form with a 3-2 victory over John Still's Dagenham in an entertaining clash at Spotland.

Having lost their last three game, the hosts raced into a three-goal lead and looked comfortable until Dagenham pulled a couple of goals back in the second half to set up a nervy finish.

The home side were good value for a two-goal lead at the break having thoroughly dominated the opening 45 minutes.

The first 15 minutes had seen Chris O'Grady's volley and an Anthony Elding header test Daggers goalkeeper Tony Roberts, and it was no surprise when the deadlock was broken on 22 minutes.

O'Grady advanced along the face of the penalty area, played a one-two with Gary Jones and sent a low drive on target from 18 yards, the shot getting a slight nick off Scott Doe to leave Roberts wrong-footed.

Rochdale's second was a well-crafted effort, with O'Grady sending Nicky Adams away down the right flank and his first-time cross was tucked away by Elding 10 minutes before the break.

After the break, Daggers skipper Mark Arber went close with a powerful header only for Josh Lillis to save and the result was apparently secured when Jones met O'Grady's centre to score from six yards (58).

But Dagenham's fightback started when Damian Scannell pulled one back in the 64th minute, when he reacted quickest when Arber's shot was charged down by Craig Dawson.

And it was game on when Danny Green's corner towards the near post was flicked into the net by Arber at close range four minutes later, but in the end Dale had done enough to earn the three points.

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Dagenham & Redbridge
Football
Damian Scannell
League One
Mark Arber
Tony Roberts
Craig Dawson
Chris O'Grady
Gary Jones
Nicky Adams
Anthony Elding
Josh Lillis
Scott Doe
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