Toothless Hartlepool United lose third league game in a row

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HARTLEPOOL United suffered their third straight league defeat after losing 2-0 to Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Park to continue their sorry run of form.

An early Luke Howell strike gave Dagenham & Redbridge the lead at half-time and despite a period of Pools pressure, the Daggers doubled their lead in the 64th minute, captain Abu Ogogo taking advantage of a poor pass from Neil Austin to seal the win.

Want-a-way Pools striker Luke James started the match just 24-hours after handing in a transfer request.

The 19-year-old has been strongly linked with a big-money move to Peterborough United.

Dagenham took the lead when Cureton played in Luke Howell and his shot took a deflection off Darren Holden through Scott Flinders and into the back of the net.

Ashley Hemmings curled a free-kick wide from the edge of the Pools area and then in the 35th minute Jonathan Franks had a glorious chance.

A Walker free-kick fell to the forward six-yards out on the left-hand side of the box, but he screwed his shot wide.

Pools should have been level in the 28th minute – Franks again with the chance – this time eight-yards out after good work down the left flank from Brobbel.

But Franks shot high over the bar when it looked easier to hit the target.

Franks took advantage of a misplaced back pass to round keeper Liam O’Brien only to drag the pass into the box behind the onrushing James.

With Pools on top, the home side were dealt a hammer blow when Ogogo put Dagenham 2-0 up, taking advantage of a misplaced pass from Austin on the half-way line to punish with deadly affect.

Dagenham were swift to take advantage of the mistake and broke upfield with pace before Ogogo finished well past Flinders.

Just like Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Bury, the second goal took the wind out of Pools’ sails.

Despite going 2-0 down, Pools continued to press in search of their first league goal of the campaign.

Pools stepped up the pressure but just couldn’t find a way past the stubborn Daggers defence.