Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Triumphant Daggers Put Foxes to the Sword

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Triumphant Daggers Put Foxes to the Sword

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Carlisle United....................................... 0 Dagenham & Redbridge ....................... 2 DAGENHAM & Redbridge looked anything but League One strugglers as they came to Brunton Park with a game plan to frustrate that eventually gained them the upper hand and a thoroughly deserved second away win of the season.

The signs that things weren't going to go Carlisle's way came as early as the third minute when Ben Marshall broke through only to be thwarted by an athletic block from veteran keeper Tony Roberts.

And when Francois Zoko blazed the rebound over the bar, it was groans all round at the realisation that a fantastic opportunity had been allowed to slip away. Carlisle boss Greg Abbott said: "They showed more determination than we did in every area of the pitch and that's why they have won the game.

"We weren't sharp enough and we didn't tackle the way that they did, and we have paid the price."

Carlisle captain Paul Thirlwell. said: "It's all ifs and buts with these things, but if we had managed to get an early goal you feel that would have settled us and it would have upset their plans to sit deep and stop us from playing.

"As it was it didn't happen for us and they grew in confidence. It's never down to a lack of effort or anything like that. It's just the way these games go sometimes.

"We worked hard but it was one of those days where it just wouldn't run for us.

"We'll have other days where we will get something from games like this, so it's important that we don't over react and get too downhearted."

Clear-cut chances were few and far between with neither keeper really facing too much of a test as the game appeared to be heading for a disappointing stalemate.

But a near-miss from a volley from Carlisle substitute Matt Robson spurred the visitors into life and Colchester loanee Medy Elito made his move across the face of a stunned Cumbrian defence as the quick counter-attack brought the opening goal with less than 10 minutes left to play. …

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