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Match Report


Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 05:59 AM

Daggers 0 Mansfield 0

Dagenham and Redbridge's poor run of form continued on Saturday after they played out a goalless draw with Mansfield Town at Victoria Road, despite a host of chances for both sides.

The match was end to end throughout, with Luke Norris and Rhys Murphy going closest for Daggers, while Sam Clucas and Richie Sutton had the best of the Stags' opportunities.

Ade Azeez was denied a penalty with just over a quarter of an hour left, as Wayne Burnett's side failed to make the breakthrough, making it six games without a win at home.

Burnett made three changes to the team that lost to Plymouth Argyle last weekend, with Luke Wilkinson, Billy Bingham and Zavon Hines making way for Femi Ilesanmi, Medy Elito and Norris.

And it was the on-loan Brentford striker, Norris, who had the Daggers' first effort after seven minutes, but his neat turn was followed by a weak effort which was comfortably held by Alan Marriott.

Clucas scored Mansfield's solitary goal in a 4-1 defeat on Tuesday night, and he almost put the Stags in front 19 minutes in, but his tame shot was saved by Chris Lewington.

Norris remained a danger for Daggers and his 30-yard strike flew just over the bar half an hour in, but the best opportunity of the first half fell to the Stags.

Clucas was involved once again, this time drifting a free-kick towards the back post, and Richie Sutton should have put Paul Cox's side ahead but the centre-back's header was off target.

The chances continued right up until the break. Azeez's first time volley fell just wide of the upright before Norris once again forced Marriott into action with a low shot.

The second half began just as the first finished, full of chances.

Jamie McGuire tried his luck from 30-yards for the visitors, while the Daggers could very well have gone ahead in the 53rd minute when Elito broke with Murphy and Azeez in support. He went for the latter but the Charlton loanee failed to beat the Mansfield ‘keeper.

Marriott unquestionably kept his side in the game, twice thwarting Murphy before the usually clinical striker skewed an effort over the bar.

With just over a quarter of an hour left, the home side were denied a penalty to the dismay of the Victoria Road crowd when Azeez was brought down by Colin Daniel after a quick counter-attack.

Chances continued to fall for both sides and Westlake should have done better with time and space on his side in the 79th minute, but he fired harmlessly wide from the edge of the box.

Daggers finished the match on top but a late winner wasn't to be for Wayne Burnett's side who fall to 14th in the League Two.

Daggers: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Saah, Elito, Ogogo (C), Murphy (Shields 87), D’ath (Howell 83), Hoyte, Azeez (Dickson 77), Norris.
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Wilkinson, Bingham, Saunders

Attendance: 1,377 (172 Mansfield Town)

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