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Colin Munford at Glanford Park
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Sky Bet League Two: Scunthorpe United 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 1
Luke Howell’s stoppage time goal helped Daggers to a share of the spoils at Scunthorpe United.
It had looked like goalkeeper Chris Lewington would be the visitors hero when he saved Chris Iwelumo’s penalty but David Mirfin put the hosts in front two minutes from time.
The visitors didn’t read the script though as Howell toe poked home his first of the season to make their journey back to Victoria Road a happy one.
An unchanged Daggers side, visiting Glanford Park for the first time, found it very difficult to get on the front foot and spent large chunks of the play camped in their own half.
Scunthorpe’s Eddie Nolan had a header blocked from Terry Hawkridge’s inswinging corner as the hosts showed their attacking intent.
And as the home pressure continued, Burnett’s side had skipper Abu Ogogo to thank after blocking Deon Burton’s scuffed effort following good work down the right wing by Nolan.
The ball was simply not sticking up front for the Daggers, with Rhys Murphy caught offside on several occasions, as Josh Scott and Brian Woodall were forced to do more in defence then attack.
Whatever Burnett said at the half-time interval certainly worked as Daggers were much livelier in the second period.
Woodall forced Slocombe to tip one around the post after 51 minutes following a nice through ball from Murphy, before Scott’s header hit the post from the resulting corner.
And a minute later Murphy was expertly denied on the line by Slocombe following another dangerous Elito delivery.
Elito continued to be in the thick of the action and after Scunthorpe had sloppily given possession away, his fierce effort from 25 yards fizzed narrowly over the bar.
But the hosts rode the storm and had a chance to take the lead when Femi Ilesanmi handled a delivery into the box with 69 minutes on the clock, and was booked for his protests.
Substitute Chris Iwelumo stepped up to take the spot kick but Lewington was equal to the effort, getting low down to his left to save.
Scunthorpe had certainly upped their tempo and Iwelumo came within inches of heading them into the lead five minutes later, but he directed Andy Dawson’s free-kick wide of the target.
Dawson continued to look lively for the hosts and had another chance to give them all three points when unleashing a fierce left-footed effort from 20 yards but it fizzed over the bar.
However, Mirfin put the Iron in front for what looked to be the winner when he rose highest to head home Terry Hawkridge’s inswinging corner.
Daggers could have easily buckled but they kept plugging away and were rewarded when Howell ran onto Woodall’s delivery and toe poked past the onrushing Slocombe to ensure a good point on their travels for Burnett’s side.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Lewington, Ilesanmi, Doe, Saah, Hoyte, Ogogo, Howell, Elito (Bingham 90+3), Murphy (Reed 82), Scott (Dennis 67), Woodall
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Obafemi, Gayle, Connors.
Scunthorpe United: Slocombe, Dawson, McAllister (Welsh 46), Mirfin, Canavan, Sparrow, Burton (Iwelumo 61), Hawkridge, Nolan, Collins, Winnall (Wootton 82).
Unused substitutes: Severn, Ribeiro, Howe, Clark
Attendance: 3,694 (107 Daggers fans)
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