Daggers captain hails ‘fantastic support’
Skipper Mark Arber praised Daggers largest away following of the season that spurred them on to a battling draw at Brisbane Road on Tuesday.
A travelling contingent of 798 cheered their team throughout, as they continued their brave battle against relegation, but they will have been left disappointed at the last-minute penalty that denied a fifth victory of the season away from Victoria Road.
But the 33-year-old was content with a point gained and paid tribute to the noisy visiting fans.
“We had fantastic support, the crowd cheered us on and it felt like a home game for many parts of the match,” said Arber.
“It’s another point gained towards our target. Come May 7 if we finish fifth from bottom and we score one goal more than the team below us then I’ll be delighted for everyone at Dagenham. The fans, the players, the staff and the board.”
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The visitors, who had beaten their east London neighbours 2-0 in the season’s previous league meeting, went ahead through Danny Green on 12 minutes and rather than sit back, imposed their game on the play-off hopefuls.
Daggers keeper Tony Roberts was carrying a knock, leading to Arber taking over goal-kicking duty for three-quarters of the match.
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But the visitors’ gameplan limited Orient to testing the veteran keeper on just a handful of occasions and Arber felt his side had the best chance to score from open play, until the O’s late penalty.
“Marvin (Morgan) missed a great chance at 1-0, where he’s probably gone with his wrong foot,” said Arber.
“He looked like he went with his right, when he should have gone with his left and tapped it in.
“At 1-0 you’re always in that zone of trouble, because one goal and they’re back in the game. I’m not sure, on the whole, that they deserved it.
“I was probably closest to the penalty. Although it was a bit soft, it’s one of those where they’re given nine times out of 10.
“It was a double whammy. Perhaps the penalty was punishment enough, but in football nowadays you get a penalty and a sending off and they’re back to 1-1.
“I thought we were unlucky not to come away with three points, because on the day, looking at the table, it would have been massive.
“Obviously it would have been nice to take all three, but as an away side we continue our good run, that’s three wins and two draws, so that’s 11 points from 15.
“It’s a good run coming into a period of really tough games, but hopefully we’ll be okay.”