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Posted Tue 30 Jun 15 at 08:19 AM

Daggers 1 Plymouth 1

The Daggers had every reason to feel hard done by after a sickening late equaliser robbed them of their first home win of the season.

That long overdue success seemed to finally have arrived as the game went into injury time deservedly leading through a Josh Labadie goal.

That came in the 59th minute when Labadie picked up thhe ball in midfield, ran on, kept his cool and slotted it home.

And that strike was no more than Wayne Burnett's men deserved.

Plymouth may have arrived at Victoria Road as league leaders while the Daggers were floundering near the bottom.

But a stranger turning up at the ground would have struggled to tell which was which, because the Daggers more than matched them all the way.

They were bright, lively and competitive. The return of Labadie from suspension and the loan signing of James Dunne has added some midfield steel.

They are not afraid to make a tackle and they they have made the Daggers more difficult to play against.

On the evidence of this performance anyone getting a result against them will have to earn it the hard way.

Jodi Jones was prominent in the early stages, firing one shot just over the bar and bringing a full length save from Pilgrims keeper Christian Walton with another one.

Labadie was only just off target with a low shot and Walton made a superb save from Jamie Cureton before they finally made the breakthrough.

Plymouth made a spirited response, but the Daggers contained them as the minutes ticked away.

Mark Cousins, in the Daggers goal, had not had a serious shot to save all afternoon. But sub Ryan Brunt changed all that when he lashed home a vicious 25 yarder with just 30 seconds of the three added minutes remaining.

That was a bitter blow. But once the Daggers get it out of their system they can look back on a highly encouraging performance.

If they keep playing like this they will win more than they lose, so the future is much brighter.

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