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Saturday, January 25, 2014
League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 3 Scunthorpe United 3
Daggers produced a thrilling comeback as they came from 3-0 down to pick up a priceless point against Scunthorpe United with new loan signing Luke Norris scoring the 88th minute leveller.
Sam Winnall gave the Iron a first half lead, before a quickfire double from Deon Burton and Paul Hayes almost had them home and hosed at the midway point in the second half.
Skipper Abu Ogogo gave the hosts hope, but a double substitution from Wayne Burnett played a part.
Sean Shields and Chris Dickson came on, and both made a difference as Dickson pulled another goal back.
And after a 10-minute interlude due to horrendous weather conditions, Norris popped up with the leveller two minutes from time to complete a fine comeback in a game that will live long in the memory.
Daggers made two changes to the side which lost 1-0 at home to Fleetwood Town with Luke Wilkinson brought in for Scott Doe and Medy Elito replaced injured loanee Dominic Samuel.
It was a solid start from both sides but it was the table-topping visitors that had the first chance as Jack Connors deflected behind an Iron ball in, and it narrowly evaded Chris Lewington’s goal.
Under Wayne Burnett the style has certainly changed but that free-flowing passing style almost got them in trouble when Winnall nicked the ball off Brian Saah just inside the Scunthorpe half.
The League Two top goalscorer bore down on goal, but Saah got back and made amends for his error to get back and dispossess Winnall.
But the striker couldn’t be denied on 18 minutes when a simple ball in from Eddie Nolan behind the Daggers defence saw Winnall there to add the finishing touch.
Lewington then kept the hosts in the game as he twice denied the Iron a second, firstly keeping out a Niall Canavan header, before then denying Cristian Ribeiro.
Luke Norris came on just before the break for injured Luke Howell, but with Daggers hoping for a bright start to the second half, that soon faded with a quickfire double.
And the visitors profited from the Daggers inability to clear a corner on 59 minutes. The ball drifted in and after Burton headed goalwards, the ball fell back to the striker who forced it through a crowded area and into the net.
Burton picked up an injury in scoring the goal and was replaced by Paul Hayes, who within two minutes had put the Iron further in front.
A ball found its way through to the former Charlton man from Winnall and he slotted it coolly past an onrushing Lewington.
With that you thought the game was well and truly over but skipper Ogogo led by example as he curled the ball past Sam Slocombe following Lawson D’Ath’s lay-off to give the Daggers hope.
A double sub from Burnett saw Sean Shields and Chris Dickson on for the ineffective Rhys Murphy and Elito.
The former brought some life into the Daggers attack, running at the Iron defence and they gave themselves further cause for optimism.
Down the right, the ball arrived to Dickson who run through on goal before firing low across goal past Slocombe.
Rain and thunder was making play difficult and referee Darren Bond called the players into the changing rooms for 10 minutes while the weather died down.
Daggers were in the ascendancy at the time and will have been disappointed to come off despite the conditions.
A 10-minute break ensued before the players came back out and in a remarkable turn of events Daggers levelled with two minutes remaining.
The ball found its way to new boy Luke Norris in the area and he slotted home to spark wild scenes of jubilation.
Conditions were horrific to play in though, the ball was sticking and passing almost became impossible.
But Scunthorpe had the last chance though as Ogogo played a poor back pass in the conditions and Hayes nipped in but the ball squirmed wide of the post.
That proved to be the final chance, and Daggers had completed the remarkable comeback. You couldn’t have predicted that after 66 minutes when they 3-0 down but this battling point was certainly well earned.
Daggers: Lewington, Connors, Saah, Wilkinson, Hoyte, Ogogo, Howell (Norris 45), D’Ath, Elito (Dickson 69), Murphy (Shields 69), Hines
Unused substitutes: Seabright, Ilesanmi, Doe, Bingham.
Scunthorpe United: Slocombe, Ribeiro, McAllister, Mirfin, Canavan, Burton (Hayes 59), Hawkridge (McSheffrey 83), Nolan, Syers (Collins 63), Winnall, Williams
Unused substitutes: Severn, Waterfall, Adelakun, Madden.
Attendance: 2,037 (537 Scunthorpe United fans)