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Posted Sat 07 Apr 12 at 12:56 PM

Daggers 1-1 Burton Albion


The Daggers stretched their unbeaten run to five games as they took another step towards safety. But they made hard work of it.

Although they had the lion's share of the play and saw plenty of the ball they did not do enough with it.

They never made the final pass count and did not get enough crosses into the box. And that all added up to a comfortable afternoon for Burton keeper Ross Atkins.

He was not seriously tested until Brian Woodall rescued a thoroughly deserved point for the Daggers with a wonder strike two minutes from time.

There seemed little danger when a long, high ball reached Woodall, out on the right on the edge of the penalty area. The husky striker hit it on the volley with such pace and power it was in the net before Atkins could move.

It was no more than the Daggers deserved. But it was a result that never looked like coming. Their effort could not be faulted because they threw everything into the match.

But they were lacking on the creative side and failed to carve out any clear cut chances against a side who defended stoutly.

Apart from Woodall's fantastic hit - his ninth goal of a debut season - a close range header over from John Akinde and a long range shot from Mathieu Baudry were the Daggers best efforts.

But Burton were hardly an attacking threat either and Chris Lewington had little to trouble him - until the Brewers snatched the lead three minutes into the second half.

And what a cracking goal they got as well - a curling effort from out on the right from Jacques Maghoma in Burton's first real shot of the game.

As the minutes ticked away it seemed as though Burton would hang on to that precious lead and dent the Daggers survival hopes. John Still's men huffed and puffed, but had to wait until the dying seconds to blow Burton's house down.

Assistant boss Terry Harris admitted the result was a disappointment. But he gave credit to Burton, saying: "They defended very well and made things difficult for us".

On Woodall, Harris said: "He has been fantastic in his first season at this level and will get better and better."

And that can only be good news for Daggers fans as the battle at the bottom comes to the boil.

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