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Posted Sun 27 Mar 11 at 19:44 PM

Daggers Unbeaten Run Continues

Danny Green's second-half penalty ensured a share of the spoils against a dogged Sheffield Wednesday side, writes Billy Taylor.

Wednesday's Chris Sedgwick was adjudged to have handled Darren Currie's cross in the 78th minute, referee Steve Rushton having no hesitation in pointing to the spot despite heavy protests from the Owls players.

Gary Teale and Sedgwick earned bookings for dissent before Green hit the back of the net. Gary Megson's dismay with the penalty award and subsequent behaviour on the touchline saw the Wednesday boss sent to the stand by Rushton.

The Daggers started the game in the ascendancy, pressing well and penning the Owls into their defensive half for much of the opening few minutes. However, against the run of play, they were behind.

A throw-in was launched into the box and winger Gary Teale was on hand to head home following a knock-on.

Despite the set-back, John Still's side continued to press forward. Jon Nurse forced the ball into the net from Damien McCrory's arrowed cross but the in-form frontman fouled goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell in the process and a free-kick was awarded. Moments later, Danny Green was felled in the box but the referee waved away penalty appeals.

The play in the second-half continued where it had left off in the first, the Daggers dominant both with the ball and territorially.

It wasn't long before the first real opening of the second stanza, Abu Ogogo's superb cross was met by the head of Nurse but his effort was straight at O'Donnell who gratefully collected.

The Daggers were becoming increasingly threatening in attack, Danny Green in particular causing problems down the right and his strike powered into the side netting before Still replaced Bas Savage with young Spurs loanee Cameron Lancaster.

The Owls made a substitution themselves, Megson bringing off Mark Reynolds who was struggling against Green and replacing him with Lewis Buxton. There was more movement on the Daggers bench seconds later, Darren Currie replacing Damien Scannell and his impact was decisive.

The veteran midfielder cut in from the left and directed a cross into the box which seemed to hit the hand of Chris Sedgwick.

The penalty incident sparked fury on the Wednesday bench and Megson's dismissal did little to appease the already boisterous travelling supporters.

On the pitch, the Owls responded well to the equaliser, Tommy Miller's effort from 6 yards taking a crucial deflection off of Ogogo and out for a corner before Tony Roberts produced a sensational save low to his right to deny the Owls again.

In an end-to-end finish, Romain Vincelot had a chance to fire a winner but his strike was charged down and deflected out for a corner by the colossal Rob Jones, wearing a bandage following a collision of heads earlier on.

Still's side were again thoroughly impressive, restricting Wednesday to little going forward. In defence, the Owls were imperious with Jones leading by example and the on-loan Bolton midfielder Joey O'Brien equally tenacious on his debut.

The result extends the Daggers' unbeaten run to 6 games and sees them climb to one point above the drop zone with Gus Poyet's league-leaders Brighton & Hove Albion making the journey to Dagenham on Tuesday night.

On this evidence, the Seagulls will be in for quite a challenge.

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