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Posted Sun 24 Jun 12 at 16:45 PM

Daggers 1 - 1 Accrington Stanley

The Daggers were left wondering just when that elusive first league victory will come after a late strike deprived them of all three points writes Jack Steggles

 They were just five minutes away from it when Stanley flattened them with a late leveller that, on the balance of play, they probably deserved.

 The fans were ready to celebrate as John Still’s re-shaped young team led through a goal from Luke Howell as the minutes ticked away.

 Accrington had the last word to spoil the party. But there were far more positives than negatives for Still to take from a cracking game and if the Daggers keep playing like this they will be ok.

 This was a good test for them. Accrington have made an impressive start to the season and kept the Daggers at full stretch by moving the ball well.

 They also came closest to a goal in the opening half when  Padraig Amond cut in from the right and unleashed a left foot shot that thumped against the bar with Chris Lewington beaten.

 But the Daggers stood toe to toe with them and matched them all the way. They had he better chances but once again failed to take them. At the moment they are paying the price  for missing openings at one end and  failing to keep clean sheets at the other.

 Michael Spillane, who hit the bar with one header from a corner, should have done better with another he put high into the crowd and Medy Elito scuffed a shot wide from a clear shooting opportunity.

 When the Daggers did find the target Accy keeper Ian Dunbavin stood in their way – saving well from Brian Woodall and Dwight Gayle. At that stage they should have been in front and they finally made the breakthrough in the 61st minute.

 Howell , whose all-action midfield display earned him the |Man of the Match rating, gave them the lead by meeting a cross from Gavin Hoyte and steering it inside the near post.

 That capped a spell of heavy pressure by the Daggers and at that stage it was no more than they deserved. But Accy refused to take it lying down and hit back hard.

 They had the better of things in the closing stages and piled the pressure on in a bid to get something from the game.

 And they achieved it with just five minutes left when defender Peter Murphy got in behind the Daggers defence to meet a superb ball in from the left with a close range header that gave Lewington no chance.

 That was a bitter blow to Still and his players. But despite the late setback they can take a lot of encouragement from the game.


Vicarage Field Man of The Match: Luke Howell

Attendance: 1529 (56 Away)

Daggers Team: Lewington, Wilkinson, Femi, Doe, Spillane, Elito(Danny Green,86), Howell, Hoyte, Ogogo, Gayle(Scott,90), Woodall

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