Daggers receive standing ovation after holding poor Millwall
FA Cup Third Round: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Millwall 0
Millwall’s travelling support paid Daggers the ultimate compliment when they gave the players and manager John Still a standing ovation at the end of Saturday’s third round tie.
In a game of few chances, the League Two side more than matched their visitors – sitting 49 places above them in the Football League – and deserved their draw.
With the squad decimated by injuries, Still picked a starting line-up with an average age of 22 – including debuts for Eoin Wearen and Ahmed Abdulla, signed on loan from West Ham just 24 hours earlier.
Daggers started slowly, but Millwall failed to capitalise, with Harry Kane’s tame low shot one of few efforts on target.
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Skipper Paul Robinson and Kane, on loan from Spurs, both headed wide from inside the box, while Liam Feeney blasted off target from a tight angle.
As the home side settled into the game their best opportunities came from dead-ball situations, but Dominic Green curled wide from 25 yards and Brian Woodall struck straight at keeper Steve Mildenhall from the edge of the box.
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Shortly after the break, Daggers best opportunity of the game fell to in-form Brian Woodall.
Chasing a goal in his fourth consecutive game, Woodall put Mildenhall under pressure from Scott Barron’s back pass and the keeper miscued his clearance high into the air.
The bounce spun the ball away from Mildenhall, but with the goal unoccupied Woodall could only shoot wide from a difficult angle.
Millwall briefly threatened when John Marquis shot into the side netting and Liam Trotter headed over the bar.
But Daggers posed the biggest threat in the final quarter of the game and Spillane saw two efforts blocked on the line, Jon Nurse had a header smothered away by the keeper and Billy Bingham’s shot was blocked Robinson.
While a replay was neither manager’s preferred outcome, both Still and Kenny Jackett were relieved to still be in the competition, with a chance of progressing to round four.
Daggers: Lewington, Ogogo, Spillane, Doe, Ilesanmi, Abdulla, Bingham, Wearen (Reed 65), Dominic Green, Nurse, Woodall. Subs: Hogan, McCrory, Rose, Arber, Edmans, Danny J Green.
Millwall: Mildenhall, Dunne, Robinson, Ward, Barron, Feeney (Bouazza 60), Trotter, Smith, Henry, Kane (Batt 83), Marquis (McQuoid 73). Subs: Forde, Craig, Abdou, Wright.
Attendance: 3,396 (including 1,126 away supporters).