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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 05:59 AM

Burton Albion 1 Daggers 1

Daggers had to be at their defensive best to pick up a hard-fought point at Burton Albion.

Loanee Lawson D’Ath scored his first goal for the club to give them a half-time lead, only to see left back Jack Connors sent off early in the second half for a second bookable offence.

And though Billy Kee equalised for the Brewers, the Daggers defended tooth and nail to take a well-earned point back to Essex.

Billy Bingham made his first start since recovering from a knee injury, while manager Wayne Burnett handed loanee Ade Azeez a place in the starting XI as Zavon Hines and Luke Norris dropped to the bench.

The early signs were good for the Daggers as they spent the opening few minutes in and around the Burton box.

Scott Doe saw a header land on the roof of the net, and despite both teams having chances, the better ones fell to the hosts.

Chris Lewington gathered a Gary Alexander header, while Scott Doe got his head in the way of a Jimmy Phillips shot.

The Brewers thought they had taken the lead though when Adam McGurk headed goalwards, but Connors was there on the line to head it clear.

Luke Wilkinson tried his luck from range, but home goalkeeper Rob Lainton did eventually gather the effort at the second attempt.

Some home fans then went up in celebration later in the half as McGurk fired an effort on goal, but  to their disappointment the effort crept just wide of the goal.

With half time seconds away it looked like it would be ending goalless. That was until Lawson D’Ath unleashed an effort from fully 35 yards.

The effort whistled past the despairing dive of Lainton and into the top corner to send the travelling fans delirious.

They could have made it two just after the break when a fine team move saw Elito take aim, but this time Lainton was on hand to tip wide.

That was the closest the Daggers got to a second, after Connors was given his marching orders six minutes into the half.

Already on a yellow card for a first-half foul on Zeli Ismail, the tricky winger was brought down again by Connors and he left the referee with little option but to send him off.

With that the pressure started to intensify on the Daggers defence, with Elito sacrificed for Femi Ilseanmi.

Ismail continued to torment the visitors and he did enough to beat Ilesanmi, but having worked his way into the box he fired harmlessly into the side netting.

For all the possession the Brewers had they were not turning too much of it into shots on goal, with the Daggers dealing well with everything the hosts threw at them.

That was until substitute Billy Kee received the ball 25 yards out in the 69th minutes as his effort managed to find its way past Lewington.

The home side were buoyed by the goal and went in search of the winner, but still had little to show for it in terms of chances.

Ilesanmi picked up an injury, and that meant another change was enforced on Burnett and Doe became the third left back of the game.

Balls pumped into the Daggers box were being dealt with well by Lewington and the rest of his team-mates, with Lainton a spectator for much of the half.

Five minutes was added on, and that was when the hosts went closest.

A superb block from Wilkinson denied Burton, but the ball fell kindly to Robbie Weir on the edge of the area, but his fierce low strike struck the post.

The ball was pumped back in and there was skipper Abu Ogogo to put behind for a late corner.

But the Daggers had done it, they held on for a well-deserved point at a side expected to be in and around the promotion hunt come the end of the season.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Hoyte, Doe, Wilkinson, Connors, Bingham, D'Ath, Ogogo, Elito [Ilesanmi 54 (Saah 75)], Murphy (Norris 70), Azeez.
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Dickson, Shields, Hines.
Attendance: 2,934

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