Games 29 & 30 - Glad to see the back of January!

Well, what a very frustrating month!

Following the superb comeback against Rochdale, Daggers then went on to gain a well earned point in midweek against Grimsby Town. However, the game that followed will live long in the memories of the home supporters.

Darlington were the visitors and the game was a scrappy one. However, what the match will be remembered for is the largely incompetent officials that took charge on a very cold afternoon. In the first half no fewer than four Darlington handballs were completely ignored by the referee and Daggers had two goals disallowed. The first decision was probably the right one. However, the second decision was given for a shove which was alien to everyone but the referee. Nevertheless, whilst these decisions were extremely frustrating, Daggers fans tempers were ignited further as Darlington’s eventul winner was clearly several yards offside. Unfortunately, the linesman thought otherwise. In the end, Dagenham lost a game that they never dominated but certainly never deserved to lose.

After the Bournemouth game was postponed midweek, the Daggers made the long trip to play manager of the month Alan Knill’s Bury. In word was described as a “largely ineventful” first half, Daggers found themselves 2-0 down. However, it’s quite clear that this Daggers team never knows when it’s beaten. A goal from the free scoring Jon Nurse and another four minutes later from Ben Strevens was enough to give Dagenham a fantastic away point which keeps them in the play off race. In fact it might have been more had Strevens not chosen to attempt an overhead kick in the final minute.

With new signing Doug Loft making a good impression in the last 20 minutes and Scott Griffiths returning with a fantastic cameo down the left, February looks a potentially brighter month for the Daggers!

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