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Match Report


Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 16:45 PM

The Daggers are still looking for their first league win of the season as they battled hard and gave an impressive performance in a 2-2 draw against AFC Wimbledon.

Dwight Gayle saw his first half penalty saved before Michael Spillane opened the scoring; but the hosts made a strong comeback and took the lead with goals from Jack Midson and Byron Harrison.

An excellent second half performance saw the Daggers draw level through Luke Howell and they were unlucky not to take all 3 points in the closing stages.

John Still named an unchanged to the one that lost at home to Gillingham last week, and both teams struggled to keep possession in the opening 15 minutes.

 There were few chances in the opening encounters, but the Dons left-back Jim Fenlon forced ‘keeper Chris Lewington into action early on. The Daggers keeper did well to tip over from his powerful 25 yard drive.

The away side found their first chance of the game coming from the penalty spot, after Dwight Gayle was pushed over. Gayle, who scored a penalty against Gillingham last week, failed to make it two in successive weeks ‘Keeper Seb Brown got down low to his right and was up quick enough to keep out the rebound from the striker.

After a number of corners, the Daggers finally made one count in the 28th minute. Defender Michael Spillane guided a precise header into the corner of the net following an inviting corner from Billy Bingham.

AFC Wimbledon replied almost immediately, Lewington was forced into a save from the lively Christian Jolley, which he could only parry, and Jack Midson was on hand to finish from a tight angle.

The home side then took the lead after the 35 minute mark with a goal which would anger Daggers manager John Still. Luke Howell failed to clear a corner, allowing the ball to be hooked towards Byron Harrison who lost his marker Gayle too easily and fired past Lewington.

John Still’s men were unlucky not to equalise after the break through Dwight Gayle. The highly regarded striker latched onto a long ball, took on a defender and drove the ball inches wide of the far post.

They didn’t have to wait much longer for that equaliser though. Femi Ilesanmi did well down the left hand side, and his low cross into the box fell to Luke Howell 12 yards out who smashed the ball into the top corner.

The Daggers continued to press and were the better team throughout the second half.

 Substitute Brian Woodall">Brian Woodall almost stole all 3 points in the final minutes as he headed into the side netting from close range.

John Still will be hoping that his side can replicate their uplifting second half performance on Tuesday night as they take on League 1 side Stevenage in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Attendance – 3507 (246 Away Fans)

Daggers: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Spillane(Wilkinson, 78), Hoyte, Elito, Howell, Ogogo(C), Bingham,(Dominic Green, 85), Williams,(Woodall, 73), Gayle

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