Dagenham’s hopes of reaching the League Two play-offs took a huge blow after suffering a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of former Premier League side Portsmouth at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham stadium.
The east London club got off to the worst possible start, finding themselves 2-0 down in the opening 20 minutes courtesy of goals from Danny Hollands and Michael Drennan.
Daggers captain Abu Ogogo’s header halved the deposit on 34 minutes, but a stunning second from striker Drennan and a simple finish from Jed Wallace rounded off a convincing win for Pompey.
This result sees Dagenham drop two places down to twelfth in the table on 54 points, whilst Portsmouth climb three places up to sixteenth on 51.
It was a well-earned victory for the south-coast outfit, who worked tirelessly throughout the entire ninety minute period to form a three game winning streak after victories against Newport and Hartlepool, atoning for their poor form in March that saw them win only one of seven.
The Hampshire side wasted no time in panicking the Daggers’ defence; just 20 seconds in, Drennan ploughed forward thumped their first effort high and wide before midfielder Hollands hit the upright a minute later with a header from Ricky Holmes’ corner.
Pompey’s early pressure was rewarded after four minutes, as Hollands latched onto Jack Whatmough’s headed pass and thumped a left footed strike past goalkeeper Chris Lewington and beyond the reach of Jack Connors, who could only help it on its way.
The London club found themselves in further trouble in the twentieth minute, as Drennan nodded his first goal of the afternoon into an empty net from Jed Wallace’s chipped pass over an outrushing Chris Lewington to double Pompey’s lead.
Dagenham could have been in even further turmoil had Jed Wallace not been denied by the upright seven minutes later.
However, Abu Ogogo gave the Daggers hope with his eighth goal of the season, heading in the rebound of Medy Elito’s powerful drive after Portsmouth goalkeeper Trevor Carson did well to initially deny the Congo-born winger.
The Daggers were highly unlucky not to equalise on the stroke of half-time, as defender Brian Saah and midfielder Luke Howell both crashed the woodwork from close-range following a set-piece.
However, after the break, Pompey took the game out of Dagenham’s reach when Drennan unleashed a superb left-footed strike on the half-volley, firing low into the bottom corner to restore their two-goal advantage.
Despite Luke Howell’s long-range half-volley and a late eighteen yard Chris Dickson strike, the Daggers did very little to test Carson, and the game was over as a contest when Luke Wilkinson’s poor back pass allowed Rhys McCabe to tee up Wallace, who slid into an empty net from close range, prompting the Victoria Road faithful to leave early.
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