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Match Report


Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 05:57 AM

AFC Wimbledon 1 Daggers 1

Daggers picked up their first point away from Victoria Road in a month after Rhys Murphy’s second half strike.

Michael Smith had given the Dons the lead at half time, but Murphy struck after 57 minutes to ensured a share of the points.

Manager Wayne Burnett made the one enforced change to his side which lost 2-1 at Plymouth Argyle, as Afolabi Obafemi, who turned 19 yesterday, came in for the suspended Abu Ogogo, while Brian Saah took over the captain’s armband.

The early signs were promising for the visitors, with Obafemi and Murphy having chances, though both were weak and easily held by Worner.

Murphy then fired a free-kick goalwards, but it was straight at the home goalkeeper who gathered easily.

Billy Bingham hit a fierce effort goalwards but saw a covering defender block the ball, however, the hosts went up the other end and scored with their first meaningful attack.

A lofted ball into the box from Peter Sweeney found Michael Smith and his looping header went over Lewington and into the far corner.

Burnett was forced to make one change late in the half as Billy Bingham clashed knees with his own team-mate, Brian Saah, and Chris Dickson took his place.

Things were slow to get going in the second period, but the hosts went close to doubling their lead when Kaid Mohamed fired over after Burnett’s side hadn’t cleared their lines from a free-kick.

But the Daggers found a way back into game and it was their top goalscorer in Murphy who scored the equaliser.

Luke Howell’s ball through found the former Arsenal man unmarked on the edge of the area and he drilled an effort low past Worner into the far corner for his ninth of the season.

Lewington was forced into action up the other end though after second half substitute Jack Midson – a former Dagger – played a ball over the top of the visiting defence and Smith’s effort was pushed behind.

The Daggers equaliser certainly livened up the game, and Hines caused the home side a lot of problems, twice running hard at the defence but curled one wide and the other straight into the hands of Worner.

Wimbledon did enjoy much more of the attacking late on as they pressed for a winner, and Porter’s late dangerous delivery went unrewarded as no-one was able to get on the end of it.

But the Daggers picked up the point and with that stayed ninth in the table.
Daggers: Lewington, Hoyte, Saah, Wilkinson, Ilesanmi, Bingham (Dickson 38), Howell, Elito, Obafemi (Edgar 79), Murphy (Scott 89), Hines.
Unused substitutes: Doe, Seabright, Shields, Connors.
Attendance: 3,862 (244 Daggers fans)


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