Dagenham & Redbridge v Northampton Town
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday January 16th, 3.00pm
The Chigwell Construction Stadium
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 1
Christian Doidge 62
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
John-Joe O'Toole 70
Ricky Holmes 79
Attendance: 2,379 (892 Cobblers fans)
Dagenham: Mark Cousins, Josh Passley, Joss Labadie, Clevid Dikamona, Andre Boucaud (sub Jodi Jones 85), Ashley Chambers (sub Oliver Hawkins 83), Oliver Muldoon, Ashley Hemmings, Joe Worrall, Justin Hoyte, Christian Doidge (sub Jamie Cureton 83).
Subs not used: Liam O'Brien, Frankie Raymond, Harry Hickford, Joe Widdowson.
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Brendan Moloney, Zander Diamond, Rod McDonald, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole, Joel Byrom, Lee Martin (sub Ricky Holmes 67), Nicky Adams (sub Jason Taylor 87), Sam Hoskins (sub Marc Richards 46), James Collins
Subs not used: Ryan Clarke, Evan Horwood, Josh Lelan, Ryan Cresswell
Referee: Mr I Williamson
Dagenham: Ashley Hemmings (81)
Cobblers: Ricky Holmes (83, 2nd of the season)
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
After a long trip to Plymouth in midweek, Cobblers boss Chris Wilder made three changes for the game at Dagenham. Loanee Lee Martin, signed from Millwall on Friday, Nicky Adams and Sam Hoskins all came into the side with Marc Richards and Ricky Holmes starting the afternoon on the bench. Lawson D’Ath (groin) was unavailable for selection.
Dagenham started strongly with Brendan Moloney forced to make a goal line clearance to prevent Joss Labadie from opening the scoring. Josh Passley twice tested Adam Smith in the Cobblers goal while for Northampton Town Lee Martin was unable to follow in on the rebound after Sam Hoskins drew a save from Mark Cousins.
The heel of Justin Hoyte came to Dagenham’s rescue when Zander Diamond’s downward header looked destined for the bottom corner before Christian Doidge spurned a good chance for the Daggers at the end of the first half, lobbing his shot over the bar when through one-on-one with Smith.
Marc Richards came on for Sam Hoskins at half-time and it was the Cobblers who went close to breaking the deadlock on 50 minutes, James Collins flashing a shot just wide.
Under pressure from Rod McDonald, Ashley Chambers saw a shot saved by Smith but it was Dagenham who took the lead, Christian Doidge sliding the ball home from close range.
Ricky Holmes replaced debutant Lee Martin as the Cobblers looked to respond and it wasn’t long before they were back on level terms, John-Joe O’Toole converting a Nicky Adams corner.
With Chris Wilder’s side now in the ascendancy, Cousins saved a deflected effort from Adams.
The Cobblers took the lead on 79 minutes, Ricky Holmes with a blockbuster of a strike into the top corner.
For the second successive game six minutes of injury time was added but Holmes goal, worthy of winning any game, proved to be the match winner as the Cobblers left Victoria Road victorious.
DAGENHAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 7
CORNERS: (5) 6
FOULS: (7) 16
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 4
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (5) 9
FOULS: (6) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta