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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 05:55 AM

Daggers Held At Home

It was a game of two halves at Victoria Road as the Daggers and Newport County battled it out to take a point apiece from their first ever encounter.


The Football League new boys had the better of the first half and deservedly took the lead through Chris Zebroski, but the Daggers took control of the second half and leveled just before the hour courtesy of captain Abu Ogogo.


Manager Wayne Burnett stuck with the same side who drew 1-1 with Scunthorpe and his team got off to a bright start, Rhys Murphy and Josh Scott both had early efforts on goal.


However, the visitors began to settle and they responded with a few great chances of their own, Chris Zebroski and Christian Jolley both saw chances fly just past the upright.


Murphy saw his long-range effort go agonizingly wide before Newport County took the lead after 25 minutes.


Midfielder Adam Chapman produced a perfect pass to find Zebroski who rounded two defenders before curling the ball past Chris Lewington to give the Welsh side the lead.


The Daggers were second best following the goal but they held on, leaving them only one goal down at the interval.


Burnett rung the changes at half time, replacing Medy Elito and Josh Scott with Billy Bingham and debutant Zavon Hines, but it was the away side who exerted the early pressure, Gavin Hoyte 

blocked Andy Sandell’s powerful header before Lewington had to produce a fine save to deny Tom Naylor.


Having rode the early pressure, Daggers began to play and ex-West Ham striker Hines looked threatening in the final third, but it was the skipper who equalized after 59 minutes.


Hoyte swung a cross towards the back post and Ogogo managed to latch on and bundle the ball over the line.


A thrilling final half an hour followed in which Daggers had control, Hines had a few fantastic chances to give the hosts the lead.


The best chance fell to substitute Afolabi Obafemi in injury time, but having rounded a defender before making his way into the box, his shot was blocked on the line by Andrew Hughes.


Honours even at Victoria Road, the Daggers remain unbeaten at home after a riveting first meeting with Newport County.


Daggers boss Wayne Burnett felt his side hadn’t competed in the first half but was happy with the second half reaction, “we came out and we played better in the second half and that’s more like the team I know.”


Dagenham, who travel to Mansfield next weekend, lie mid-table after four games.


Daggers: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Saah, Hoyte, Ogogo (C), Howell, Elito (Bingham 45), Murphy (Obafemi 89), Scott (Hines 45), Woodall.


Unused substitutes: Seabright, Wilkinson, Dennis, Connors.

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Attendance:1,564 (277 Newport County)


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