By Tom Stewart
Brighton & Hove Albion moved another step closer to promotion after a hard-fought 1-0 victory at relegation-threatened Dagenham & Redbridge.
The League One leaders have now recorded eight victories in a row- a post-war club record.
Gus Poyet’s men also share the illustrious honour of having won more games than any club in Europe except Barcelona.
The Seagulls were pushed hard from the start against a battling Dagenham side, who had nine shots on target in the match.
The hosts had an early chance to lead, when former Albion favourite Bas Savage hit the bar from close range
The Daggers had further chances to go in front, with Savage twice thwarted by Brighton keeper Casper Ankergren.
Dagenham were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal in the 60th minute. Brighton’s enigmatic top-scorer, Glenn Murray, met Craig Noone’s scissor-kicked cross at the far post, volleying in to send the 1,411 away fans into delirium.
Brighton manager Gus Poyet said after the match: “When you are top you get a bit of luck, and when you are at the bottom it goes against you.
“When Glenn Murray keeps coming with the goals, you cannot rest a striker in that kind of form.”
“We played eight games in March and won eight so I cannot ask for more.” (Poyet)
Albion: (4-4-2) Ankergren; Calderon, Elphick, Greer(c), Painter; Bennett (Kishishev 62), Bridcutt, Dicker (Sparrow 76), Noone (Wood 84); Murray, Sandaza. Subs not used: Brezovan; Navarro; Taricco; Dunk.