Michael Drennan scored twice as Portsmouth defeated Dagenham to win their third consecutive match and edge five points clear of the drop zone.

Pompey took an early lead as Danny Hollands fired home before Drennan headed into an empty net following Jed Wallace's audacious chip.

Abu Ogogo's header halved the deficit but just before the hour mark Drennan smashed in a 25-yard half-volley.

Wallace latched on to Luke Wilkinson's short back pass to round off the game.

It was a blow for Dagenham's slim play-off hopes and they now sit eight points behind seventh-placed Oxford with four matches remaining.

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford:

"That's the best we've played by a street....I asked them after the Newport game to maintain the levels, and could they nudge it higher.

"We did that against Hartlepool and I challenged them again to do the same. The standard now has gone even higher. They keep raising the bar for me.

"They've been absolutely superb today, each and every one of them. Not just the 11 and the three we've put on, but every single body in the group. They've been an absolute pleasure to work with.

"It's a great result but we're not quite there yet. It's another big step towards safety."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Dagenham & Redbridge

  • 01 Lewington
  • 18 Hoyte
  • 26 Connors
  • 17 Howell (Obafemi - 80' )
  • 02 Wilkinson
  • 05 Saah
  • 08 Ogogo
  • 07 Elito
  • 14 Dickson
  • 20 Shields (Azeez - 62' )
  • 33 Norris (D'Ath - 19' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 06 Bingham
  • 11 Obafemi
  • 12 D'Ath
  • 15 Saunders
  • 22 Gayle
  • 27 Azeez
  • 30 Seabright

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 03 N'Gala
  • 36 Whatmough
  • 16 Ferry (McCabe - 38' )
  • 15 Alfei
  • 17 Shorey
  • 11 Holmes (Agyemang - 85' )
  • 29 Hollands
  • 28 Drennan (Ertl - 73' )
  • 20 Taylor
  • 35 Wallace

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 05 Devera
  • 06 Bradley
  • 13 Ertl
  • 23 Agyemang
  • 31 Racon
  • 33 McCabe
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 3,115

Match Stats

Shots

8 19

On target

3 9

Corners

2 13

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Portsmouth 4.

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Portsmouth 4.

90:00 +4:00

Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:47

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Dagenham and Redbridge).

90:00 +3:26

Attempt saved. Chris Dickson (Dagenham and Redbridge) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

90:00 +2:05

Foul by Gavin Hoyte (Dagenham and Redbridge).

90:00 +2:05

Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:51

Medy Elito (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:51

Foul by Rhys McCabe (Portsmouth).

88:58

Attempt missed. Abu Ogogo (Dagenham and Redbridge) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

86:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Portsmouth 4. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rhys McCabe.

84:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Patrick Agyemang replaces Ricky Holmes.

79:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dagenham and Redbridge. Afolabi Obafemi replaces Luke Howell because of an injury.

78:21

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Brian Saah.

76:53

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Gavin Hoyte.

76:06 Booking

Booking Lawson D'Ath (Dagenham and Redbridge) is shown the yellow card.

76:00

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:35

Foul by Lawson D'Ath (Dagenham and Redbridge).

74:10

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jack Connors.

72:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Michael Drennan because of an injury.

67:57

Attempt missed. Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

66:22

Attempt saved. Luke Howell (Dagenham and Redbridge) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:06

Corner, Dagenham and Redbridge. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

61:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dagenham and Redbridge. Adebayo Azeez replaces Sean Shields.

59:15

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

56:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Portsmouth 3. Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rhys McCabe.

55:37

Medy Elito (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:37

Foul by Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth).

54:31

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

52:22

Foul by Luke Howell (Dagenham and Redbridge).

52:22

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:19

Lawson D'Ath (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:19

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

50:42

Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:12

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Brian Saah.

46:59

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

45:00

Second Half begins Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Portsmouth 2.

45:00 +3:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Portsmouth 2.

45:00 +2:41

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Chris Lewington.

45:00 +2:30

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00 +1:46

Brian Saah (Dagenham and Redbridge) hits the left post with a right footed shot from very close range following a set piece situation.

45:00 +1:25

Luke Wilkinson (Dagenham and Redbridge) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a set piece situation.

45:00 +1:00

Lawson D'Ath (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:41

Foul by Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth).

44:42

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:33

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jack Connors.

38:37

Attempt missed. Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

38:21

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Brian Saah.

38:06

Attempt blocked. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

37:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Rhys McCabe replaces Simon Ferry because of an injury.

36:04

Hand ball by Chris Dickson (Dagenham and Redbridge).

34:37

Foul by Gavin Hoyte (Dagenham and Redbridge).

34:37

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dagenham and Redbridge 1, Portsmouth 2. Abu Ogogo (Dagenham and Redbridge) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

29:20

Attempt blocked. Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

28:59

Attempt blocked. Luke Wilkinson (Dagenham and Redbridge) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

27:18

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

26:14

Attempt blocked. Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:25

Attempt blocked. Simon Ferry (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:45

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Abu Ogogo.

22:32

Corner, Dagenham and Redbridge. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

20:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Portsmouth 2. Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

18:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dagenham and Redbridge. Lawson D'Ath replaces Luke Norris.

18:00

Abu Ogogo (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:58

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

13:27

Foul by Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth).

13:27

Sean Shields (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:00

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:47

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Dagenham and Redbridge).

10:02

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

10:02

Luke Howell (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:46

Attempt blocked. Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

9:07

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

7:21

Attempt blocked. Luke Norris (Dagenham and Redbridge) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:00

Medy Elito (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:47

Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

5:41

Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

3:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dagenham and Redbridge 0, Portsmouth 1. Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

2:40

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jack Connors.

1:50

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box following a corner.

1:20

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

0:20

Attempt missed. Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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