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Posted Wed 20 Aug 14 at 15:35 PM

Southend 0 Daggers 0

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett made six changes to the team beaten at home by Stevenage.

Chances were few and far between in the opening 15 minutes, with neither side starting the game with great intent.

Connors did make a poor header back to Mark Cousins goal with 20 gone allowing Barry Corr to run through on goal. But Ayo Obileye made an outstanding challenge before halting Jack Payne too.

Billy Bingham and Ashley Chambers picked up bookings midway through the first period.

Daggers did have the ball in the back of the Southend net when John White’s poor back pass beat Daniel Bentley. The offside flag was raised because Hemmings had been in close proximity, but it didn’t appear the correct decision.

The half was brought to an end by referee Gavin Ward, and Daggers would have been determined not to concede at the start of the second period.

They had done so against both Plymouth Argyle and Stevenage and had Cousins to thank for not doing so at Roots Hall.

Cousins firstly saved well from Corr, when he shot from close range, before Payne had a stab towards goal blocked.

Corr then tested the Daggers stopper again from close range, before Payne smashed one towards the top corner.

However Cousins was equal to every opportunity and ensured it remained level. Jamie Cureton did have a good chance for the visitors as well, but curled over the bar after an excellent run by Hemmings.

Labadie did shoot past Bentley as well midway through the second half when the Southend stopper parried Cureton’s shot, but that was also adjudged offside.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men with70 minutes played when Cian Bolger appeared to headbutt Labadie following a late challenge on Cousins.

It seemed to boost Southend more, though, as Daggers looked to hold on for a respectable away point.

Despite some late action, the hosts weren’t able to fashion a winner and Burnett’s side picked up a solid point. Although the result does mean they end 2014 in the bottom two.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Partridge (Saah 86), Doe, Obileye, Connors, Chambers (Howell 62), Labadie, Bingham, Boucaud (Yusuff 77), Hemmings, Cureton.
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Murphy, Widdowson, Porter.
Attendance: 6966 (510 Daggers supporters).

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