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League Two

First win is welcome relief for Daggers

30 September 2012

Manager John Still admitted there was relief all around the Victoria Road Stadium as Dagenham and Redbridge finally secured their first victory of the season with a 3-0 triumph against fellow strugglers Wycombe.

Managerless Wanderers were always second best on another frustrating day as they are now without a win since the opening day of the season after firing Gary Waddock during the week. The Daggers prevailed thanks to goals from Dwight Gayle, a coolly-converted spot-kick from Michael Spillane, and a late killer blow from Billy Bingham.

Still said: "It's been a really pleasing win, really pleasing. It's been a long wait for the fans but thankfully we've gone and done the business for them now. Hopefully this will send them home happy now with a spring in their step.

"I understand their frustrations, I really do, but the lads have put the effort in this season. I can't fault them for that. Commitment and desire has never been in question. It's about building on this result now of course. I feel the squad we've got here is too strong to be down there scratching around for points."

Still's men went in front midway through the first half when Sam Williams played the ball into Gayle's path as he swept the ball past Jordan Archer.

Michael Spillane missed a great chance for Dagenham, before finally doubling the hosts' lead from the penalty spot just before the hour mark.

The referee spotted a handball close to the line and Spillane slotted home the resultant penalty kick.

Managerless Wycombe offered little going forward, and so Dagenham's comfortable win was wrapped up two minutes from time when Spillane teed up Billy Bingham and he made no mistake with a rising shot into the top corner.

Dejected Wycombe caretaker manager Gareth Ainsworth said: "It's been a really tough start to the season I know that, and I know full well that the fans demand better. I thought we did okay at times today, but there's just something missing. We haven't been clinical enough, we need to get into more dangerous areas, I could go on.

"I do know that we can turn this situation around though. Confidence is low at the moment but the spirit in the camp must never be doubted. I've got hard working staff and players who are always willing to learn, so we'll just keep plugging away."

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