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Home hoodoo continues as Daggers struggle to Accrington Stanley draw

Luke Joyce of Accrington Stanley and Medy Elito of Dagenham & Redbridge tussle for the ball during tonight's game. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO. Luke Joyce of Accrington Stanley and Medy Elito of Dagenham & Redbridge tussle for the ball during tonight's game. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
9:45 PM

League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Accrington Stanley 0

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A below-par performance from Daggers saw them scrape a goalless draw at home to Accrington, who will feel they should have gone home with all three points.

Chances were few and far between for the hosts all night, and the visitors had the bulk of the opportunities, though the hosts should well have nicked it five minutes from time through Chris Dickson.

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett made three changes to the side which drew 1-1 at Bury, with Femi Ilesanmi, Billy Bingham and Ade Azeez coming in for Jack Connors, Lawson D’Ath and Luke Howell.

Ashley Chambers tested Accrington goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli with just two minutes on the clock, as he just about held on go his shot at the second attempt.

Accrington weren’t without their chances though as James Gray beat the offside trap, but the striker shot straight at goalkeeper Chris Lewington, before Adam Buxton’s 20-yard effort took a deflection and went behind for a corner.

Lee Molyneux’s free-kick was gathered comfortably by Lewington after 16 minutes, and from a quick breakaway Brentford loanee Luke Norris forced Bettinelli to divert his fierce shot behind for a corner.

Elito ‘s 25th minute shot was comfortably held by the keeper on loan from Fulham, while as the half drew to a close Billy Bingham tried his luck from 20 yards but Bettinelli just managed to hold the dipping effort.

It was a sloppy end to the half though for Daggers as Gray’s ball across the box was inches from finding the net, while Gavin Hoyte cleared a header off the line and from the resultant ball in Peter Murphy’s effort was well tipped on to the bar by Lewington.

No changes were made at the break by either side, and it was the visitors who came the closest to breaking the deadlock with three chances in quick succession.

Gray managed to work his way through on goal before Lewington came out well to block. The rebound fell straight to Kayode Odejayi on the edge of the area but Lewington appeared to palm that effort back out, before skipper Abu Ogogo cleared another attempt off the line as Daggers breathed a sigh of relief.

Bettinelli was a bystander for much of the half, while up the other end Lewington did well to keep out another effort from the threatening Gray.

Daggers continued to spend the second half more in their own half and James Beattie’s side were the only one creating any chances.

Nothing was sticking up top and they looked shaky at the back.

Burnett used all three substitutes to try and spark his side into life, but despite the poor performance it was still goalless.

And it was a combination of two subs that should have put Daggers in front with five minutes to go.

A great ball in from the right found Chris Dickson unmarked in the box but he somehow headed wide.

There were still a few nervy moments at the back for the Daggers but by hook or by crook, the managed to keep the ball out.

As the game entered stoppage time Molyneux saw an effort tipped over the bar as Accrington mounted the late pressure, but in the end both sides had to settle for the point, as Daggers run without a win at home was extended to eight games.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Hoyte, Saah, Doe, Ilesanmi, Bingham (Howell 70), Ogogo, Chambers (Dickson 77), Elito, Norris, Azeez (Shields 61).

Unused substitutes: Seabright, Obafemi, D’Ath, Gayle.

Accrington Stanley: Bettinelli, Murphy, Joyce, Aldred, Winnard, Hatfield, Molyneux, Hunt, Gray (Naismith 89), Buxton, Odejayi.

Unused substitutes: Liddle, Webber, Mingoia, Windass, Atkinson, Bowerman.

Attendance: 1,383 (25 Accrington fans)

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