Skipper Abu Ogogo
saw the Daggers bring an end to a three-game losing run with a point at 10-men Chesterfield.
There will be slight disappointment though that it wasn’t all three against the table topping hosts who were reduced to 10 men after Sam Hird was shown his marching orders in the first half, and Zavon Hines
missed a penalty.
It looked like being one of those days when Marc Richards slotted home a 49th minute penalty following Brian Saah
’s hand ball in the box, but Ogogo’s fine curling effort gave the Daggers a point.
was one of three changes boss Wayne Burnett made to the side which lost 1-0 at Portsmouth on Boxing Day, while Jack Connors
and Lawson D’Ath also took their place in the starting
line-up for Chris Dickson, Femi
Ilesanmi and Medy Elito
The hosts started the match confidently as Luke Howell
blocked a Sam Togwell shot from 25 yards, while goalkeeper Chris Lewington
pushed Armand Gnaduillet’s fierce strike over the bar.
Pressure continued to mount on the visiting defence as Tendayi Darikwa saw another effort deflected over and it was easy to see why the hosts were top of the table going into this game.
Daggers often thrive on the counter attack and Murphy did well to force a corner on 23 minutes, with the resulting ball in headed narrowly wide by a late arriving Scott Doe
at the near post.
And their hopes increased 10 minutes later when a lovely through ball from D’Ath found Zavon Hines
in the box, and he was pulled down by skipper Ian Evatt.
Referee Ian Clark pointed to the spot but Hines dusted himself off to take the penalty and fired it well wide.
Daggers were now in the ascendancy and were given another great chance to pick up all three points when the hosts were reduced to 10 men.
Murphy was through on goal and was clipped by Sam Hird and with no covering defender Clark pulled out the red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity.
Daggers were camped in the home half for the rest of the period and Hines got to the byline before pulling the ball back into the box for an unmarked Luke Howell
, but he frustratingly failed to
connect with the ball.
The visitors would hope to use the extra man to their advantage but they would have to do so coming from behind.
A 49th minute ball into the box from substitute Nathan Smith was handled by Brian Saah
and Clark awarded his second spot kick of the game.
And Marc Richards didn’t make the same mistake as Hines as he slotted past Lewington, who had guessed the right way, but was unable to reach the effort.
The Daggers responded though and in some style skipper Abu Ogogo
levelled nine minutes later as he curled into the top corner from all of 20 yards.
Chesterfield were not settling for the draw and Lewington did well to come out and deny substitute Jay O’Shea and then kept out a Richards header after the striker was left unmarked in the box.
Despite being down on numbers Chesterfield were still intent on finding a winner, but it was the visitors who had the best chance to take all three points.
Murphy was played in and he beat Evatt to the ball before an intricate touch took the ball past an onrushing Lee, but also on to the far post.
Frustratingly as well Hines picked up a late booking for an alleged dive to win a free-kick and with it being his fifth of the season, will miss the Wimbledon home game on New Year’s Day.
Lewington, Connors (Ilesanmi 69), Doe, Saah, Hoyte, Howell, Ogogo, D’Ath, Hines, Murphy, Shields (Elito 63)
Seabright, Wilkinson, Edgar, Dickson, Scott.
5,906 (97 Away)