Ten-man Southend United were beaten 1-0 to Dagenham & Redbridge at Roots Hall this evening, ending Blues’ five match unbeaten league run.
Blues were reduced to 10 men in the 27th minute after Mark Phillips was shown a straight red card for a foul on Rhys Murphy.
The away side capitalised on the one man advantage with Murphy’s cool finish securing all three points.
Dagenham & Redbridge should’ve taken the lead in the fourth minute after Luke Howell had a clear sight of goal before prodding the ball inches wide of the left hand post.
Blues hit back immediately with Will Atkinson curling a dangerous low cross into the box which Scott Doe nearly turned into his own net as Chris Lewington saved his blushes.
The away side thought they had got the opening goal in the 23rd minute after Brian Saah’s effort was deflected onto the foot of the post before trickling along the goal line with Daniel Bentley diving on the loose ball.
Southend were reduced to 10 men in the 27th minute after the referee adjudged Phillips’ tackle on Murphy to be a red card offence after the defender was just beaten to the ball by the speedy striker.
Daggers made the most of the advantage with Murphy giving them the lead in the 32nd minute after a cool finish.
The striker raced in at goal before lobbing Daniel Bentley; Ben Coker tried his hardest to clear the ball to safety but the linesman had a clear view of the ball and flagged for a goal.
With Southend finding it hard with 10 men, Dagenham went in at the break with the one goal advantage and minutes into the second they nearly doubled it with Murphy curling a left footed effort over from 20 yards.
Blues were restricted to long range efforts with Cauley Woodrow fizzing an audacious effort straight down the throat of Lewington who just about managed to tip it over to safety.
Medy Elito had a golden opportunity to secure the win for Daggers in the 76th minute after Bentley saved well down low to Abu Ogogo’s effort with the midfielder somehow firing the rebound wide.
Substitute Freddy Eastwood reminded the visiting team Southend were still in the game with a long range effort which skidded across the turf before Lewington got his fingertips to the ball.
Blues continued to look for the equaliser but were unable to break down the resilient Dagenham & Redbridge as they suffered their first defeat in five league games.
Southend United – Bentley, White, Phillips, Kiernan, Coker, Hurst (Eastwood 67), Atkinson, Clifford (Straker 72), Leonard, Woodrow, Corr (Payne 77) (subs) Smith, Prosser, Eastwood, Timlin, Straker, Njie, Payne
Dagenham & Redbridge – Lewington, Wilkinson (Saunders 58) , Doe, Saah, Elito (Dickson 81) , Ogogo, Murphy (Obafemi 88), Howell, Connors, Hines (subs) Seabright, Ilesanmi, Scott, Obafemi, Dickson, Saunders, Shields