Transfer : Dagenham & Redbridge – Portsmouth
Transfer : Dagenham & Redbridge – Portsmouth
|Pompey have signed Oliver Hawkins from Dagenham & Redbridge.
The towering 25-year-old striker has arrived for an undisclosed fee and penned a three-year deal at Fratton Park.
Hawkins started his career with North Greenford United and enjoyed prolific spells with Hillingdon Borough, Northwood and Hemel Hempstead before signing for Dagenham in January 2016.
He netted 18 goals for the Daggers in the National League last season, including hat-tricks against Wrexham and Solihull.
|Pompey have signed Liam O'Brien on a one-month contract
Goalkeeper O’Brien, 24, came through the ranks at Fratton Park and was capped at England under-19 level while with the club.
He left without making a senior appearance in 2010 and went on to play for Barnet, Brentford and Dagenham, featuring 39 times for the latter.
Pompey fought from behind to beat Dagenham and charge right back into the automatic promotion race.
It looked like being a miserable afternoon in the capital when Ashley Hemmings’ goal ensured the hosts would go in ahead at the break.
But the mood improved in the second half, with Michael Doyle volleying in the equaliser before Christian Burgess headed the Blues into the lead.
Gareth Evans then came off the bench to add his name to the scoresheet late on, with Kyle Bennett capping off a memorable 45 minutes of football.
Paul Cook unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that beat both Notts County and Carlisle at Fratton Park.
And there was plenty of anticipation among the 1,659 away fans who had made the journey up from the south coast.
But there was not much to excite them in a drab opening to the contest, with neither side looking particularly threatening.
The visitors had a couple of half chances and Daggers keeper Mark Cousins was forced to race from his line to stop Gary Roberts racing onto Adam McGurk’s hooked pass.
Bennett was then neatly released by Enda Stevens down the left, bursting into the box and seeing a shot blocked.
Their best opening arrived on 23 minutes, however, when the hosts failed to deal with a Ben Davies free-kick.
Bennett picked the ball up and floated a cross to the far post, where it was headed clear by Oliver Muldoon, only for Danny Hollands to send a 25-yard volley flying narrowly over the bar.
But that only seemed to spark Dagenham into life and finally create some chances of their own.
Paul Jones did well to deny Matty Cash from point-blank range after the ball had flown through a sea of bodies.
But he could not prevent League Two’s basement side from breaking the deadlock on 34 minutes.
Justin Hoyte’s free-kick was headed on by Christian Doidge for Hemmings, whose acrobatic over-head effort looped over the keeper and into the net.
Dagenham should really have doubled the advantage moments later, but an unmarked Hoyte headed Josh Passley’s cross over.
Pompey were struggling to find any fluency in their forward play, although Michael Smith did hammer a shot narrowly wide just before the break.
Dagenham & Redbridge 1
The visitors had an early chance to draw level when former Blues loanee Passley was penalised for a handball.
Roberts sent a decent delivery into the box, but Matt Clarke could only head it over as he arrived at the far post.
Pompey were unsurprisingly now playing with a lot more urgency and one quick break ended in Davies’ cross having to be cleared behind by Clevid Dikamona.
And the travelling support finally had something to cheer as their side drew level with a fine goal just before the hour mark.
Roberts collected a long ball down the left from Stevens and pinged in a cross that DOYLE met with a fine low volley from just inside the box.
Pompey were not done there, however, and soon heaped more pressure on their shell-shocked opponents.
Bennett was next to threaten after being fed by Smith, but his effort caught a deflection and bobbled wide.
There was an almighty scramble from the resulting corner that ended with Davies sending in a fierce cross that nobody could connect with.
But Dagenham soon caused some concern at the other end, with Stevens forced to hack clear a corner from the line and Oliver Muldoon’s follow-up then held by Jones.
The mood of the Blues support soon switched from concern to joy, however, as the visitors took the lead on 68 minutes.
Davies was fouled wide on the right and Bennett’s free-kick was met by BURGESS, who glanced home a fine header.
Cook made his first switch with 10 minutes remaining, as Evans added some fresh legs to the attack by replacing McGurk.
And it was EVANS who secured the victory when he stole in to head home Bennett’s free-kick from close range.
But there was still time for the result to become even more emphatic as BENNETT deservedly got a goal of his own, jinking into the box before slamming a shot past Cousins.
Dagenham & Redbridge (4-1-4-1): Cousins; Hoyte, Hyam, Dikamona, Widdowson; Muldoon (Cureton 69); Passley (Hawkins 75), Labadie (c), Cash (Boucaud 75), Hemmings; Doidge
Goals: Hemmings 34
Booked: Passley, Doidge, Hoyte
Subs not used: Moore, Pennell, Chambers, McClure
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); McGurk (Evans 80), Roberts (McNulty 89), Bennett (Naismith 89); Smith
Goals: Doyle 59, Burgess 68, Evans 85, Bennett 88
Booked: Doyle, Smith, Clarke
Subs not used: Murphy, Webster, Close, Chaplin
Referee: Lee Collins
Attendance: 3,122 (1,659 Pompey fans)
Loan : Portsmouth – Dagenham & Redbridge
|Midfielder moves to League Two side
James Dunne has joined Dagenham & Redbridge on a one-month emergency loan deal.
The 26-year-old midfielder will link up with former Pompey team-mates Josh Passley and Nyron Nosworthy during his time with the Daggers.
Dunne has made one senior appearance for the Blues this season, coming off the bench in August’s Capital One Cup defeat to Reading.
Dagenham currently sit bottom of the League Two table, with nine points from 15 games and lost 3-0 at Fratton Park on the opening day of the season.
A packed crowd saw the Blues dominate the first half without managing to open the scoring.
But that all changed after the interval when Gareth Evans headed home the opener to get the Fratton party started.
And Kyle Bennett then took over with a couple of fine strikes to ensure the home fans left the ground in buoyant mood.
Cook handed debuts to nine players, with Nigel Atanagana and Matt Tubbs the only starters to have ended last season at Fratton Park.
There were a couple of familiar faces in the opposition line-up, however, with former Pompey loanees Josh Passley and Nyron Nosworthy in the Dagenham side.
Before kick-off both sets of supporters heartily took part in a minute’s applause in memory of PST chairman Ken Malley, who sadly passed away earlier in the summer.
When the game got underway in glorious sunshine it was the hosts who immediately looked the more threatening.
A lovely chipped pass from Gary Roberts had to be cleared behind by Matt Richards, while Christian Burgess headed wide from the resulting corner.
Nosworthy then did well to intercept Tubbs’ centre following a quick break up the pitch by Bennett.
Another incisive pass from Bennett was just out of reach for Tubbs on 11 minutes, while Roberts saw his effort deflected behind moments later.
Pompey were doing all the pressing and Bennett was next to go close after being fed by skipper Michael Doyle, but saw his shot curl narrowly over.
And it took a superb save from Mark Cousins to keep the scores level on 19 minutes, with the Daggers keeper flinging out a hand to stop Tubbs’ fierce drive flying into the bottom corner.
The game started to quieten down after that frantic opening and there was a bizarre moment midway through the half when referee Carl Boyeson allowed the players a break for drinks.
Pompey started to move through the gears again afterwards and a Roberts free-kick was headed clear before Nosworthy was forced to turn a dangerous low Bennett cross behind for a corner.
The visitors finally had an opening on 36 minutes when the ball bounced around the Blues box before being hacked to safety by Atangana.
But the action was soon back up the other end of the pitch and Evans dragged a shot inches past the post.
Dagenham & Redbridge 0
Both sides had long-range sighters at the start of the second half, with first Bennett and then Jodi Jones narrowly missing the target.
But the Blues did break the deadlock on 51 minutes when Bennett’s corner found EVANS at the far post and he headed back into the opposite corner.
Dagenham came close to hitting back immediately, with Ashley Hemmings’ drive deflected into the side netting by Ben Davies.
At the other end, Burgess was proving an aerial threat from set-pieces and twice he headed behind after meeting corners from Bennett and Roberts.
But it was BENNETT who doubled the advantage on 62 minutes, collecting Enda Stevens’ throw, cutting inside from the left and smashing an emphatic finish off the underside of the bar.
Pompey were forced into a change on 68 minutes when the impressive Atangana limped off and was replaced by Danny Hollands.
Tubbs almost added a third goal seconds later when he met Roberts’ cross with a looping header that was clawed away by Cousins.
Instead it was BENNETT who strengthened the lead on 74 minutes with another stunning strike from 25 yards after collecting the ball from Roberts.
That was the winger’s last involvement, however, as he soon made way for Jayden Stockley in the Blues attack, receiving a standing ovation as he left the pitch.
Pompey kept pushing forward in search of more goals, with Roberts and Burgess both coming close in the final few minutes.
But the Blues – and their supporters – seemed more than satisfied with their three-goal haul when the final whistle blew.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Murphy; Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Atangana (Hollands 68), Doyle (c); Evans, Roberts, Bennett (Stockley 76); Tubbs (Chaplin 84)
Goals: Evans 51, Bennett 62, 74
Subs not used: Jones, Webster, Haunstrup, McGurk
Dag & Red (4-4-2): Cousins; Passley, Partridge, Nosworthy, Widdowson; Jones, Boucaud (c), Richards, Hemmings; McClure (Ferdinand 46), Cureton
Subs not used: O’Brien, Connors, Hamalainen, Chambers, Doidge
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Attendance: 16,948 (279 away fans)