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Posted Tue 08 Dec 09 at 14:51 PM

Goalless on the South coast

The Daggers gave latest loanee Darren Currie his debut for the top-of-the-table clash with Bournemouth, whohad supplanted them as leaders last weekend. With Stuart Thurgood still suffering from a badly bruised knee and Danny Spiller not yet ready for a return after his torn hamstring, Currie, who had previously played for boss John Still at Barnet, was given his chance. Sammy Igoe made the first foray forward for the home team, but from his low cross, ex-Daggers target Liam Feeney fired well wide. Daggers first worthwhile effort fell to new boy Currie who latched onto a Paul Benson short pass and blazed powerfully over. The same pair combined again when Currie chipped up a fine cross from the left, Benson's header from a long way out didn't really trouble keeper Jalal. Benson robbed defender Ryan Garry and raced clear to shoot, but just as he shaped to fire, Marvin Bartley came in with a tackle that left the Daggers top scorer crumpled on the ground, as Bournemouth cleared the danger. A poor clearance from the Bournemouth defence fell out to Matt Lockwood 20 yards out who hit a powerful drive that flew just wide five minutes from the interval. Scott Doe was unluckily booked in the opening minutes of the second-half as Pitman appeared to slip under a challenge from the Daggers' defender, who was again having a fine game in his natural position. Daggers' best chance saw Jon Nurse show great strength to hold defender Garry and set up Danny Green, but the winger took one touch too many and his effort was blocked out. Even then it was deflected out to Nurse whose overhit cross just eluded Benson diving full length for a header. Bournemouth came straight back and Igoe burst through threateningly but Doe put in a magnficent tackle to save the situation. Tony Roberts was called into his first real action of the evening to make an instinctive save as Lockwood's head diverted Pitman's shot into the Daggers goal and was heading for the net. Nanna Ofori-Twumasi exchanged passes with Green and ran onto the return before whipping in a low effort that brought Jalal to a low diving save. More good approach work saw the very impressive Adam Miller play the ball into Nurse whose return found Peter Gain who blazed a powerful effort over the bar. The popular Steve Fletcher replaced Connell midway through the half for the home side, just before home skipper Danny Hollands became the second booking of the evening for a trip on Miller. Doe got his head to a high swirling corner from Currie and directed it goalward, but Jalal saved on his goalline with a clutching save with 20 minutes remaining. A Green cross was expertly knocked across goal by Benson's head but the Bournemouth defence cleared in front of the waiting Nurse. Bournemouth made the second substitution when youngster Josh McQuoid replaced Feeney with 12 minutes left and it was McQuoid who got in a low cross that Pitman struck. It that hit Doe and deflected across goal, but to Daggers' relief went wide. Green completely skinned defender Warren Cummings in the closing minutes and crossed low into the area where Nurse's shot was blocked on the goalline by a couple of home defenders as the home Cherries survived Daggers' second-half barrage to share the points. Att: 6,881 (134 D&R) Bourne: 1. Shwan Jalal, 3. Ryan Garry, 5. Jason Pearce, 6. Marvin Bartley, 7. Sammy Igoe, 8. Anton Robinson, 9. Brett Pitman, 10. Alan Connell (33. Steve Fletcher 68 mins), 11.  Liam Feeney (17. Josh McQuoid 79 mins), 14. Danny Hollands, 28. Warren Cummings. Unused subs: 30. Dan Thomas (GK), 19. Jeff Goudling, 22. Joe Partingdon.

D&R: 1. Tony Roberts, 3. Nana Ofori-Twunmasi, 4. Scott Doe, 7. Danny Green, 9. Jon Nurse, 14. Paul Benson, 17. Darren Currie, 21. Matt Lockwood, 25. Will Antwi, 29. Adam Miller, 33. Peter Gain. Unused subs: 30. Chris Lewington (GK), 18. Steven Demetriou, 19. Abu Ogogo, 22. Graeme Montgomery, 26. Tommy Tejan-Sie.  

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