Dagenham and Redbridge picked up a precious three points against fellow strugglers Macclesfield.

The hosts took the lead through Medy Elito's deflected strike which left Silkmen goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell wrong-footed.

Debutant Matt Smith came close to levelling when his header hit the bar before George Donnelly's follow up was saved by Chris Lewington.

The hosts scored again late on when O'Donnell could not hold Elito's shot.

The Daggers remain rooted to the foot of League Two but are now just one point away from safety.

Macclesfield, who have not won all calendar year, are outside the drop zone on goal difference only.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Macclesfield Town manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"They set off better than us. They put it in behind us, moved up the pitch, got the long throws-in and put us under pressure.

"We half coped with it a bit but they got a goal, another deflection, and we got into them a bit in the second half.

"You've to give them credit, they're fighting for their lives, they put us under immense pressure and we struggled to cope with it.

"The kid [Matt Smith] has won a lot of flick-ons, it's just a shame we couldn't get onto one of them."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Dag & Red

  • 30 Lewington
  • 03 McCrory
  • 06 Arber
  • 36 Baudry
  • 41 Spillane
  • 12 Elito
  • 17 Howell (Bingham - 73' )
  • 18 Parker
  • 19 Ogogo
  • 09 Nurse
  • 38 Akinde (Woodall - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Bond
  • 44 Wassmer
  • 24 Bingham
  • 37 Green
  • 23 Woodall

Macclesfield

  • 40 O'Donnell
  • 03 Tremarco (Bakare - 76' )
  • 05 Brown
  • 14 Diagne
  • 36 Connolly
  • 11 Daniel
  • 12 Mendy Booked
  • 17 Wedgebury (Chalmers - 70' )
  • 20 Hamshaw (Tomlinson - 85' )
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 38 Smith

Substitutes

  • 07 Chalmers
  • 37 Ball
  • 10 Mukendi
  • 23 Tomlinson
  • 34 Bakare
Ref: Phillips
Att: 1,446

Match Stats

Shots

20 17

On target

12 10

Corners

7 7

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:54 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +5:02

The assist for the goal came from Josh Parker.

90:00 +5:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Medy Elito - Dag & Red 2 - 0 Macclesfld Goal scored by Medy Elito from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dag & Red 2-0 Macclesfield.

90:00 +3:15

Shot by Michael Bakare.

90:00 +2:51

Lewis Chalmers takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Brian Woodall.

89:40

Medy Elito concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Tomlinson. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from George Donnelly, Medy Elito gets a block in.

87:47 Substitution

Substitution John Akinde goes off and Brian Woodall comes on.

86:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Nurse by Michael Bakare. Mathieu Baudry restarts play with the free kick.

84:12

Free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

84:12 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Hamshaw leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Tomlinson.

84:12

Josh Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Diagne.

82:00

Billy Bingham challenges Matt Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Colin Daniel produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Jon Nurse.

81:21

John Akinde is ruled offside. Mark Connolly takes the free kick.

80:16

Inswinging corner taken by Damien McCrory from the right by-line, Shot by Michael Spillane from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

78:42

The assistant referee flags for offside against Josh Parker. Free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

78:01

George Donnelly takes a shot. Save by Chris Lewington.

76:36

Effort from deep inside the area by Jon Nurse misses to the left of the goal.

75:06 Substitution

Substitution Carl Tremarco leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Bakare.

75:06

Unfair challenge on Josh Parker by Tony Diagne results in a free kick. Damien McCrory delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

74:58

Michael Spillane produces a cross, blocked by Tony Diagne.

73:14

Shot comes in from Damien McCrory from the free kick, comfortable save by Richard O'Donnell.

73:14 Booking

Booking Arnaud Mendy booked for unsporting behaviour.

73:03

Arnaud Mendy challenges Jon Nurse unfairly and gives away a free kick.

72:03 Substitution

Substitution Billy Bingham replaces Luke Howell.

71:15

Medy Elito takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Smith.

70:31

Corner taken by Damien McCrory from the right by-line, clearance made by Nathaniel Brown.

68:27

Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

68:27 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Chalmers replaces Sam Wedgbury.

68:27

Luke Howell concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Connolly.

67:39

The ball is crossed by Josh Parker, clearance made by Mark Connolly.

65:57

George Donnelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien McCrory. Free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

64:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Nurse by Tony Diagne. Damien McCrory crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, clearance made by Tony Diagne.

64:38

Matt Smith takes a shot. Comfortable save by Chris Lewington.

63:57

Medy Elito concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Connolly. Richard O'Donnell takes the direct free kick.

63:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathieu Baudry on Richard O'Donnell. Direct free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

62:11

Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Hamshaw from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Spillane makes a clearance.

61:47

George Donnelly takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Spillane.

61:33

Matt Smith takes a shot.

61:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Smith by Mathieu Baudry. Matthew Hamshaw takes the direct free kick.

59:45

Corner taken right-footed by Medy Elito, Mathieu Baudry produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

59:30

Michael Spillane takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Connolly.

58:43

Colin Daniel concedes a free kick for a foul on John Akinde. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Damien McCrory, clearance by Tony Diagne.

56:21

Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Hamshaw, Tony Diagne takes a shot. Chris Lewington makes a save. Matthew Hamshaw takes the inswinging corner, Chris Lewington makes a save. Corner taken by Matthew Hamshaw from the right by-line, Header by Matt Smith from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

55:55

Matthew Hamshaw takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Abu Ogogo makes a clearance.

55:50

Matthew Hamshaw sends in a cross, clearance made by Mark Arber.

53:36

Handball by Matthew Hamshaw. Chris Lewington takes the free kick.

53:21

The ball is delivered by Mark Connolly, clearance by Josh Parker.

52:59

George Donnelly takes a shot. Damien McCrory gets a block in.

50:31

Matt Smith produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

50:05

Mark Arber concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Smith. Matthew Hamshaw restarts play with the free kick.

49:19

The ball is crossed by Jon Nurse.

46:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathieu Baudry on George Donnelly. Matthew Hamshaw sends in a cross, Matt Smith takes a shot. Save made by Chris Lewington.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:32

Corner taken left-footed by Damien McCrory from the right by-line, Mathieu Baudry produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

44:22

John Akinde takes a shot. Save made by Richard O'Donnell.

43:39

Close range header by Jon Nurse goes over the bar.

42:31

The ball is crossed by Carl Tremarco.

41:11

Unfair challenge on Nathaniel Brown by John Akinde results in a free kick. Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

40:26

Corner taken by Damien McCrory, Michael Spillane takes a shot.

40:12

Michael Spillane takes a shot. Save made by Richard O'Donnell.

40:05

Abu Ogogo delivers the ball, clearance by Tony Diagne.

38:02

George Donnelly challenges Michael Spillane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

37:27

Medy Elito takes a shot. Carl Tremarco manages to make a clearance.

36:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Connolly on Medy Elito. Damien McCrory restarts play with the free kick.

35:33

George Donnelly has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

34:05

The assistant referee flags for offside against John Akinde. Mark Connolly restarts play with the free kick.

33:35

Luke Howell takes a shot. Save by Richard O'Donnell.

33:23

Damien McCrory crosses the ball, Nathaniel Brown manages to make a clearance.

33:12

Centre by Medy Elito, clearance by Arnaud Mendy.

31:37

Colin Daniel sends in a cross, clearance by Michael Spillane.

30:54

Mark Connolly delivers the ball, save by Chris Lewington.

29:46

The referee blows for offside against Matt Smith. Chris Lewington takes the free kick.

28:30

Foul by Carl Tremarco on Josh Parker, free kick awarded. Michael Spillane takes the direct free kick.

26:26

Inswinging corner taken by Damien McCrory from the right by-line.

26:15

The ball is crossed by Medy Elito, clearance made by Sam Wedgbury.

25:34

Unfair challenge on Colin Daniel by Luke Howell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

24:33

Nathaniel Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on John Akinde. Damien McCrory crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Nathaniel Brown.

22:25

The referee blows for offside against Matt Smith. Direct free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

21:03

The offside flag is raised against Jon Nurse. Tony Diagne restarts play with the free kick.

19:23

Mark Connolly concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien McCrory. Damien McCrory crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

18:34

Corner taken by Damien McCrory from the right by-line played to the near post, Carl Tremarco makes a clearance.

18:25

Luke Howell takes a shot. Blocked by Nathaniel Brown.

17:59

Centre by Luke Howell, Mark Connolly manages to make a clearance.

17:18

Josh Parker takes a shot. Blocked by Carl Tremarco.

16:56

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sam Wedgbury, Mark Arber makes a clearance.

16:25

Michael Spillane concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Wedgbury. Matthew Hamshaw takes the direct free kick.

15:38

Assist on the goal came from Luke Howell.

15:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Medy Elito - Dag & Red 1 - 0 Macclesfld Medy Elito scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dag & Red 1-0 Macclesfield.

11:54

George Donnelly takes a shot. Mark Connolly gets a block in.

11:32

Josh Parker produces a cross, Richard O'Donnell makes a comfortable save.

10:36

The ball is crossed by Mark Connolly.

10:25

Colin Daniel takes a shot. Mark Arber gets a block in.

8:24

The ball is crossed by Damien McCrory, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jon Nurse misses to the left of the goal.

8:02

Matthew Hamshaw takes a shot. Blocked by Damien McCrory.

6:05

The ball is swung over by Damien McCrory.

5:43

Michael Spillane crosses the ball, clearance made by Nathaniel Brown.

4:46

Tony Diagne challenges Josh Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Medy Elito, clearance by Colin Daniel.

3:42

Matt Smith has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

3:20

A cross is delivered by Colin Daniel, save by Chris Lewington.

1:07

John Akinde takes a shot. Richard O'Donnell makes a save.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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