The Daggers had to settle for a point from a game they should have wrapped up by the interval.
A vibrant first half performance had Exeter on the back foot as the Daggers called the shots.
But all they had to show for their efforts was a goal from Josh Scott
, courtesy of a blunder by Exeter keeper Artur Krysiak.
Rushing from his goal to clear a long through pass the keeper completely missed the ball, leaving Scott to hook it into the unguarded net from 20 yards.
With the lively Zavon Hines
leading the charge several other good chances were created – certainly enough to have put the game beyond Exeter’s reach.
But they failed to put them away and the issue was sill wide open at half-time.
Exeter’s travelling fans expected more from their team after the break – and they got it. They made two changes at half time and the second period was much more of an even contest.
The visitors were always dangerous on the break and the Daggers – with Brian Saah
solid at the heart of the defence – had to be on constant alert.
They did their job well and gave nothing away – until the 79th minute, when Exeter grabbed the vital equaliser, through veteran Sam Parkin.
He met a cross from the right with a firm header low to Chris Lewington
’s left to leave the Daggers keeper powerless to stop it.
It was a disappointing end to the day. But the overall performance gave Daggers fans hope for the future.
If this emerging young team keep playing like this they will prove a lot of people wrong. After three seasons fighting relegation the whole world made them favourites to go down this time.
They have clearly got what it takes to make nonsense of that prediction and consolidate in League Two. But if they learn to put games to bed early when they are there for the taking they will make life easier for themselves.
The change in style under new manager Wayne Burnett makes them much easier on the eye and a passing game has replaced the long ball favoured by the previous regime.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Doe, Saah, Bingham, Ogogo (C), Murphy (Woodall), Scott (Elito), Howell, Hoyte, Connors, Hines.
Unused subs: Seabright, Wilkinson, Femi, Obafemi, Saunders.
Attendance: 2,003 (Exeter 440).