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Pools Make It Two In A Row

25 August 2018

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Michael Woods celebrates his goal at Dagenham

Pools secured a second successive win after producing a powerful second half performance to come from behind and claim three points at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Matthew Bates’ unchanged line-up didn’t really get going during a scrappy opening 45 minutes which saw the hosts nick the lead through Alex McQueen’s second goal of the season.

However, after strong words in the dressing room during the break, Pools were revitalised and enjoyed their first away win of the campaign thanks to goals from Michael Woods and Liam Noble.

Dagenham’s Tomi Adeloye was obviously keen to prove a point against his former club and looked up for it from the first whistle, harrying and chasing the Pools defence on numerous occasions.

And it was the front man who almost grabbed the opener after he arrived in the box on the end of Elliot Romain’s low ball in from the right but Ryan Donaldson produced a brilliant block.

After a scrappy opening, the game was beginning to warm up and Pools were the next to try their luck as Liam Noble was able to shift the ball out of his feet and let fly from the edge of the box but his effort went wide.

Pools were caught out when The Daggers took a quick throw in to the feet of Liam Gordon whose cross picked out Romain in the middle but his header looped just too high to trouble Scott Loach.

At the other end Noble saw a deflection take all the power out of another effort on goal before Niko Muir turned neatly to shoot on goal but keeper Elliot Justham was right behind it.

Muir had another half chance when he got on the end of a right-wing corner but his looping header was cleared away at the post by Luke Pennell.

Michael Woods came closest of all when he got on the end of a wonderful passing move from Pools who worked it to the edge of the box for the midfielder who then saw his powerful curling effort crash back off the bar.

Adeloye escaped the attentions of Myles Anderson on the right to drive a shot on goal but it took a little deflection on its way past the far post.

However, on 36 minutes the hosts did find the breakthrough when Romain broke the offside trap down the left side and he drove in to the box before sending a low ball across to Alex McQueen who couldn’t miss at the far post.

Pools controlled possession for the rest of the first half but The Daggers remained a threat on the counter-attack and could have doubled their lead when they sprung forward through Romain but he couldn’t find Adeloye at the far post and Bates’ men survived.

There was a new determination about Pools almost immediately after half time as Pools got on the front foot from the off and were back on level terms within three minutes of the restart.

The ball was worked down the right hand side for Noble who swung a testing cross in to the box which fell perfectly for Woods ten yards out and he steered hit home first time with his left foot.

Adeloye spurned a great chance to restore the home side’s lead when he headed McQueen’s cross over the top, while Kioso could have put Pools in front but nodded Noble’s corner too high.

The decisive moment arrived on the hour as Kitching stepped inside from the left to feed the ball inside and great interplay between Woods and Muir provided Noble with the chance to shoot but his effort was blocked with an arm and the referee pointed to the spot.

Having missed a penalty at Braintree, Noble was in no mood to pass up another opportunity from twelve yards and calmly slotted it low to the goalkeeper’s right to cue wild celebrations from the 232 travelling fans.

The Daggers continued to get the ball forward to try and put Pools under pressure but Bates’ men looked strong in defence and remained a real threat on the break, Noble coming close to making it 3-1 after a slick counter-attack involving Woods, James and Muir.

Woods shot straight at the keeper after more good work from Muir and James, before the latter almost added a third goal right at the death after nicking the ball from a defender but his shot cannoned off the base of the post.

Full Time: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Pools 2

Attendance: 1212 (232 Pools)

Booked: Anderson (29), Kioso (51), Magnay (72)

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, Gordon (Hyde 75), Robinson, Donovan (Reynolds 60), Pennell, Davey, McQueen, Romain, Adeloye (Kandi 60), Wright.
Subs Not Used: Moore, Hoyte.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Donaldson, Featherstone, Woods (McLaughlin 86), Noble, Kitching, Muir (Dinanga 90), James.
Subs Not Used  Catterick, Laing, Newton.

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