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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 05:56 AM

Daggers 2 Northampton 2

Daggers picked up a solid point at Northampton despite Iain Morris’ strike seeing the hosts come back from a 2-1 half time deficit

Northampton were by far the superior side early on and they deservedly led when loanee Luke Norris bundled home.

But a bit of magic from Zavon Hines levelled proceeding before a quickfire second followed from Rhys Murphy.

However, they were forced to settle for a point when Ian Morris drilled an effort low past Chris Lewington.

Manager Wayne Burnett opted to make four changes in the wake of the 2-1 home loss to Cheltenham Town last weekend, with Chris Lewington, Femi Ilesanmi, Medy Elito and Chris

Dickson coming in for Jordan Seabright, Jack Connors, Billy Bingham and Afolabi Obafemi respectively.

The Victoria Road boss also opted to change formation as the Daggers went to 4-4-2 for the first time this season and it didn’t work in the early stages.

Northampton had several chances in the early stages, with Gary Deegan firing wide and Lewington forced into an early save to deny Darren Carter.

It was one-way traffic and Stuart Dallas fired over following Chris Hackett’s deep delivery and Mathias Kou-Doumbe headed over at the back post from a Carter corner.

So much were the Daggers on the back foot that their first effort on goal came with 20 minutes on the clock as Dickson latched onto a Elito throughball but saw his shot pushed behind for a

corner by Matt Duke.

Hackett continued to pose a threat for the visiting defence and his 27th minute free-kick struck the post with Lewington beaten.

But from the resulting corner Aidy Boothroyd’s side took the lead as an inswinging delivery arrived at the feet of loanee Luke Norris who tapped in from close range.

That seemed to put a spring in the Daggers step and as Northampton sat back, they equalised on 39 minutes.

Hines was allowed all the time in the world on the edge of the Cobblers box and he curled superbly into the bottom right corner past Duke.

And they couldn’t believe their luck when they scored a second three minutes later as an Elito ball into the box found its way to Murphy who headed low  into the net.

After an action packed first half the second was slower to get going and Dickson fired wide for the Daggers 10 minutes into the half after a neat turn and shot from the edge of the box.

But the hosts responded and levelled when a free-kick out by the left hand touchline eventually worked its way to an unmarked Ian Morris who had time and space to shoot low past


Daggers spent much of the remaining minutes on the back foot but the back four dealt with most things resolutely as Luke Wilkinson and Brian Saah headed most things away.

However, on one occasion they could do nothing as Dallas’ delivery from the left was missed by Lewington and Hackett fired a back post header wide.

Medy Elito saw a shot late on deflected behind for a corner but in the end the Daggers had to settle for a point.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Wilkinson, Saah, Doe, Elito (Obafemi 88), Ogogo, Howell, Murphy, Dickson (Bingham 75), Hines.

Unused substitutes: Scott, Saunders, Dennis, Connors, Seabright

Attendance: 4,046 (180 Daggers fans)


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