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Blunt Daggers denied by Mansfield Town

Mansfield's Jamie Maguire and Daggers' Rhys Murphy do battle during the match at Victoria Road. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Mansfield's Jamie Maguire and Daggers' Rhys Murphy do battle during the match at Victoria Road. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Saturday, March 1, 2014
4:59 PM

League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Mansfield Town 0

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Try as they may the Daggers failed to breach a stubborn Mansfield defence as they had to settle for a share of the spoils at Victoria Road.

The better chances came their way, especially in the second half, but an inability to finish them off and some solid saves from Alan Marriott proved costly as they were unable to pick up a victory for the sixth successive home game.

Boss Wayne Burnett made three changes from the side which lost 2-1 at home to Plymouth Argyle last time out with Zavon Hines missing out completely, while Luke Wilkinson and Billy Bingham were dropped to the bench. In came Femi Ilesanmi, Medy Elito and Luke Norris.

A solid start from the hosts resulted in the first chance coming their way when Norris saw an effort easily gathered by Stags goalkeeper Alan Marriott.

That strong beginning began to wane though and Sam Clucas should have tested Chris Lewington on two occasions but his efforts were weak, and the home ‘keeper saved easily.

He should have been tested on 33 minutes though when a good free-kick in from Clucas found Ritchie Sutton unmarked at the back post but he somehow headed wide.

Norris continued to be the main threat for the Daggers on the attack and he went closest of all when letting fly from 30 yards and the shot was narrowly over the bar, hitting the stanchion post behind the goal.

Within a matter of seconds the ball was up the other end though and Clucas had Lewington scrambling but thankfully for the home custodian it drifted wide.

Everything continued to fall to Norris for the Daggers and he forced Marriott to get down well and save two minutes before the break.

Mansfield had the first chance of the second period when Jamie McGuire took aim from 30 yards and had Lewington at full stretch, only to see the effort creep over the bar.

It wasn’t for the want of trying for the hosts either though as Elito launched a three-man counter attack and found Charlton loanee Ade Azeez in space but his shot was poor and straight at Marriott.

Lawson D’Ath continues to excel for the Daggers and another lovely throughball from the Reading man found the run of Murphy, but again Marriott made himself big and blocked the shot.

If the first half was a quiet one for Murphy the second wasn’t as he again pierced through the Stags backline but was denied by the visiting goalkeeper.

Another ball through from D’Ath then found Murphy in the box and a lovely turn and shot from the Daggers top goalscorer flashed over the bar.

Penalty appeals were waved away when D’Ath launched another counter and played in Azeez.

The youngster went through on goal and went down under the challenge of Colin Daniel, though referee Gavin Ward waved play on.

Daggers ended the match on top as they tried to find what would surely be the winning goal, but despite plenty of pressure they lacked the final killer touch in front of goal as the winless run at Victoria Road extended to six games.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Saah, Hoyte, Elito, Ogogo, Murphy (Shields 87), D’Ath (Howell 83), Azeez (Dickson 77), Norris

Unused substitutes: Seabright, Wilkinson, Bingham, Saunders.

Mansfield Town: Marriott, Sutton, Dempster, Tafazolli, Westlake, McGuire, Stevenson (Hutchinson 55), Howell, Daniel, Rhead (Palmer 77), Clucas.

Unused substitutes: Beevers, Meikle, Cain, Clements, Briscoe.

Attendance: 1,377 (172 Mansfield Town fans)

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