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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
19:01 5th May 2012

DEFEAT AT DAGENHAM

 

Dagenham & Redbridge 4
Woodall (24, 54, 81), Green (64)

Bristol Rovers 0

A disappointing performance in their final game of the season saw Rovers slip to a 4-0 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge this afternoon.

Rovers never really got started, although they started brightly and a Matt Harrold shot grazed the crossbar early on.

It was a strangely subdued performance from Mark McGhee's side, who have been in excellent form at home but can't seem to replicate that away from the Memorial Stadium.

The manager made three changes for the game, and handed goalkeeper Conor Gough his Rovers, and league, debut after injury ruled out both Scott Bevan and Lance Cronin.

There were two other changes; Player of the Year Danny Woodards returned in place of Michael Smith while Lee Brown came in for Gary Sawyer.

On the bench there was a place for Youth Team Player of the Year Mitch Harding. Awarded his first pro contract yesterday, the 16 goal striker was included in the squad for the first time.

Rovers made a bright start to the game and Matt Harrold was unfortunate not to open the scoring in the second minute when his powerful drive from the edge of the area skimmed the crossbar.

Gough was called into the action for the first time with six minutes on the clock when he made a comfortable save from Medy Elito.

After a weak Mustapha Caryaol effort had been dealt with by Chris Lewington, Gough made a good save from Brian Woodall's first time shot. Home defender Michael Spillane drilled a shot into Rovers defensive wall following a short free kick before the Daggers took a 24th minute lead.

Josh Parker made a run down the right and crossed into the area where Woodall arrived to volley a first time shot past Gough.

The response from Rovers came from Harrold, who drilled an angled drive straight at Lewington, and Eliot Richards, who saw his low drive held comfortably by the keeper.

The final action of the half came at the other end of the pitch, though, but Billy Bingham fired a shot well wide of the target.

The expected second half improvement never materialised and the home side increased their lead on 54 minutes when Woodall drilled a shot past Gough and into the far corner of the net.

Worse was to follow, as substitute Danny Green burst into the area, evaded three half hearted challenges and calmly slotted the ball past Gough.

Woodards headed over from a Carayol free kick and Harrold scuffed a shot wide, but the home side continued to call the shots.

Gough palmed away a fierce drive from Woodall, but the striker completed his hat trick nine minutes from time when he drilled another effort past the unfortunate Gough.

Harding created an opportunity for Harrold shortly afterwards, but the striker dragged his shot wide of the target.

The Daggers finished in the ascendancy, though, and Gough palmed away a shot from Green in the final minute.

Team: Conor Gough, Danny Woodards, Cian Bolger, Aaron Downes, Jim Paterson (Gary Sawyer, (59), Mustapha Carayol, Matt Gill, Andy Dorman, Lee Brown (Wayne Brown, 59),  Matt Harrold, Eliot Richards (Mitch Harding, 73)

Substitutes: Michael Smith, Chris Zebroski

Yellow cards: Downes, Bolger

Dagenham & Redbridge: Chris Lewington, Abu Ogogo, Mathieu Baudry, Michael Spillane, Damien McCrory, Josh Parker (Danny Green, 46), Billy Bingham, Luke Howell (Peter Gain, 63), Medy Elito, Brian Woodall, Josh Scott (Jake Reed, 63)

Substitute: Mark Arber, David Hogan

Yellow card: Reed

Referee: Mr M Haywood

Attendance: 2,377
Opposition Fans: 660

    Data provided by Press Association

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