O’Brien proves a top stopper for Daggers in draw
PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 March 2016
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Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper ‘didn’t know much’ about wonder stop at Notts County
Keeper Liam O’Brien turned in a high-class performance to help Dagenham & Redbridge to a goalless draw at Notts County, but admitted he was fortunate to make a stunning stop to prevent the hosts from taking an early lead.
Daggers were on the back foot during the opening 10 minutes with Adam Campbell and Jason Banton putting efforts just wide for the hosts, while Dom Hyam produced a last-gasp tackle to deny Jon Stead.
Stead was also in the thick of the action in the 13th minute when a cross from the left found him six yards out and with the goal at his mercy, but O’Brien superbly kept the effort out with the top of his thigh in a reflex stop.
Had that strike gone in, Daggers may well have been heading for a sixth straight loss in League Two, but even O’Brien impressed himself by pulling off a save that was truly splendid.
“I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t know anything about it!” confessed O’Brien. “It’s one of those that shows maybe the luck is with us.
“That’s what I’m hoping, that the luck is now with us and we can build on that performance.”
At the other was another stopper in top form, with Magpies’ Scott Loach pulling off two stunning saves late on to deny first Christian Doidge with a header and Matt Richards with a free kick.
Loach’s effort to push Richards’ set piece onto the bar was later followed by Ashley Chambers hitting the same part of frame with a half volley in stoppage time as Daggers looked for the one goal they needed.
But O’Brien, as part of the keepers’ union, praised the performance of his opposite number knowing that Loach prevented Daggers from earning what would have been a crucial win.
“Loachy had made some great saves, he’s a good keeper. On another day, we could have won 2-0, but for their keeper who has kept them in the game,” added O’Brien.
“To have two efforts hit the bar, though, shows that we’re improving. I don’t think we had too many shots against Yeovil, but we’ve come out looking like a different team.”