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The L.B Barking & Dagenham Stadium (ATT 1,883) 18th April 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Miller

Dag + Red Dagenham & Redbridge vs Bradford City Bradford

Daggers push on

Saunders, Benson and Strevens goals seal vital win

Last Updated: 18/04/09 7:10pm

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Saunders: On target

Saunders: On target

A wonder goal by Sam Saunders helped Dagenham defeat play-off rivals Bradford 3-0 at Victoria Road.

With 57 minutes gone, the winger cut in from left flank to curl a shot past Rhys Evans and into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.

It was Saunders' third strike in three games and just reward for the Daggers' attacking second-half performance.

Scott Griffiths almost made it 2-0 within moments, but his close-range header from a Saunders corner bounced back off the bar.

Bradford almost found a way back into the game but Lee Bullock's glancing header rebounded off the post with Daggers keeper David Button beaten.

The advantage was doubled after 81 minutes, when Ben Strevens broke the offside trap and set up Paul Benson, who coolly stroked home his 18th of the season.

And it was Strevens who sealed the win with four minutes remaining, as he nipped in ahead of Evans to a back pass to slot the ball into the empty net.

The win sees the Daggers leapfrog Bradford up to ninth in the table - just three points off the play-offs with a game in hand - while the Bantams now languish in 11th, four points from seventh place.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 44 80
2 Chesterfield 44 78
3 Rochdale 44 78
4 Fleetwood Town 44 75
5 Burton Albion 44 72
6 Southend United 44 68
7 York City 44 67
8 Oxford United 44 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 44 58
10 Bury 44 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 57
12 Mansfield Town 44 57
13 Portsmouth 44 57
14 AFC Wimbledon 44 56
15 Newport County AFC 44 55
16 Cheltenham Town 44 55
17 Hartlepool United 44 52
18 Accrington Stanley 44 51
19 Morecambe 44 50
20 Exeter City 44 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 44 47
22 Bristol Rovers 44 47
23 Northampton Town 44 47
24 Torquay United 44 42

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