Maher faced with a huge task after Blues’ collapse inside five mad minutes at Daggers

Dagenham & Redbridge v Southend United – Vanarama National League – The Chigwell Construction Stadium – Report

Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0 Southend United

Three goals in five crazy second-half minutes set Southend United’s new era under the management of Kevin Maher, Darren Currie and Mark Bentley, off to a horrendous start as Dagenham & Redbridge took the derby bragging rights at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Hope and expectation haven’t been topics particularly high on the agenda where the Roots Hall faithful are concerned. Nevertheless, with changes at the helm warmly receive, almost 1,400 made the trip up the A13 – Terrell Egbri almost raising the roof with a flashing early attempt after winning back possession and dashing from deep.

Daggers appeared the more fluent during the games’ infancy, while Southend carved out the clearer chances. Scott Wilson hit the rigging after Mo Sagaf had fashioned an opening. Blues swiftly reacted. Sam Dalby nodded a whisker wide after Egbri and Jack Bridge combined down the left, while Nathan Ferguson was off target after Dolby and Rhys Murphy caused an issue for the hosts.

Blues stopper, Harry Seaden diverted away from both Wilson and Angelo Balanta while former Daggers man, Abu Ogogo was too high after Dalby had teed him up. Daggers finished the half strongly and perhaps should have taken the lead shortly before the interval when Myles Weston blazed over after racing in from the left.

James Dunne nodded off the line after Weston’s flag-kick had been bundled goalwards. But Dagenham were getting closer. Eight minutes after the restart they made the breakthrough. Sagaf was on hand to slot home from close range – Weston the architect – Blues defending questionable.

Mo Sagaf celebrates his opening goal during Dagenham & Redbridge’s 3-0 victory over Southend United (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Blues troubles escalated quickly and within five minutes the contest was all but over. Sam Ling bundled a second after Weston had picked him out. Then the former Leyton Orient man sent a looping header over the stranded Seadon to make it 3-0.

Sam Ling heads his first and the Daggers second of the afternoon past Southend united goalkeeper, Harry Seaden (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Seaden produced an incredible save, pushing Balanta’s thumping drive onto the face of the bar. Blues exposed, over-run and second in every department – Many of the travelling contingent had headed for the exit long before the conclusion.

Maher and his staff were left with no illusions of the enormous task ahead of them. Blues have a squad incapable of challenging anywhere near the top half of the table and on this showing face a very real prospect of a third successive relegation.

Incoming management team, Kevin Maher, Mark Bentley and Darren Currie (left to right) have their work cut out at Southend United (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Dagenham & Redbridge head to FC Halifax Town on Tuesday, October 26 (7:45pm) in the Vanarama National League. Meanwhile, Southend United return to action on Saturday 30 when they head to Boreham Wood (3pm).

Dagenham & Redbridge: Elliot Justham, Will Wright, Callum Reynolds, Elliot Johnson, Sam Ling, Mo Sagaf (Dean Rance 74’), Joey Jones, Matt Robinson (Ryley Scott 90′), Myles Weston, Angelo Balanta (Capt) (Mauro Vilhete 85’), Scott Wilson Subs not used: Kenny Clark, Josh Walker, George Sanders

Booked: Scott Wilson (foul), Myles Weston (foul),
Goals: Mo Sagaf 53’, Sam Ling 56’, 58’

Southend United: Harry Seaden, Rob Howard, Abu Ogogo, Shaun Hobson, Jack Bridge (Charlie Sayer 68’), James Dunne, Rhys Murphy, Sam Dalby, Terrell Egbri, Nathan Ferguson (Harry Phillips 63’), John White (Capt) Subs not used: Louis Walsh, Matt Rush, Will Atkinson

Booked: Rhys Murphy (foul), Rob Howard (foul)
Goals: None

Referee: Gary Parsons
Assistants: David Hutton and Andrew Gray
Fourth Official: Aaron Farmer

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Brian Jeeves

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