Daggers not sharp enough for plucky Plymouth
League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Plymouth Argyle 0
Dagenham & Redbridge earned their first point of the League Two season, but only the heroics of Plymouth keeper Jake Cole denied them all three.
The home side created enough chances to win two matches over the course of 90 minutes, but each on target effort was brilliantly kept out by Cole as John Still’s men ended the game still searching for their first goal of the season.
Still named an unchanged line-up from the side that started Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Cheltenham Town, with the lively Dwight Gayle once again leading the line alongside Brian Woodall.
The visitors had the first sight at goal in a timid opening when left-back Onismor Bhasera crossed for Nick Chadwick, who could only head harmlessly over the top.
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Abu Ogogo went close for Daggers on 15 minutes after Plymouth failed to clear Medy Elito’s cross, but the skipper’s dipping volley landed on the roof of the net.
Fine skill from Michael Spillane midway through the first half had the fans on their feet.
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The defender skipped past two challenges and played a pin-point 50 yard pass into the path of Gayle on the edge of the box.
The 21-year-old dropped a shoulder and created half a yard to get his shot on target, but was denied his first Daggers goal by the finger-tips of keeper Cole.
Moments later the stopper thwarted Gayle again. Billy Bingham picked out the front man with an inch-perfect cross from the left, but his header was smothered away by Cole at close quarters.
Daggers momentum was only halted once Plymouth right-back Curtis Nelson had his name taken for a strong challenge on Ogogo.
The Daggers skipper was also booked for his retaliation to the incident which saw both managers restrain their respective players.
However, Ogogo was fired up and within minutes was the latest to test the reflexes of Cole, with the stopper saving smartly low at his near post.
On the stroke of half-time Plymouth carved out a rare sight of goal when Conor Hourihane played in Matt Lecointe, but the forward dragged his shot wide from 20 yards.
Daggers, so dominant in the first half, had the first taste of goal-mouth action in the second period too, but Spillane’s free-kick was well held by Cole.
At the other end Paul Wotton blazed over as the Pilgrims desperately tried to gain a foothold in the match.
But still it was the home side showing the greater attacking intent and both Scott Doe and Gayle narrowly missed the target on the hour.
As the clock ticked down substitute Danny Green tried his luck from 25 yards, but once again the brilliant Cole was equal to the midfielder’s effort.
With virtually the last kick of the game Plymouth had a chance to nab maximum points but Wotton’s well-struck free-kick was safely caught by Lewington.
Daggers: Lewington, Hoyte, Spillane, Doe, Ilesanmi, Bingham, Howell (Danny Green 71), Ogogo, Elito, Woodall (Williams 56), Gayle. Subs not used: Seabright, Wilkinson, Scott, Reed, Dennis.
Plymouth: Cole, Nelson, Blanchard, Purse, Bhasera, Young, Hourihane, Wotton, Gurrieri (Gorman 80), Chadwick (Feeney 59), Lecointe (Cowan-Hall 46). Subs not used: Chenoweth, Williams, Soukouna, Lennox.
Attendance: 1,878 (including 445 away).