battling display by the daggers saw them take this FA Cup tie back to a well
deserved replay at Victoria Road. Both sides retain their record of
never having won on live TV.
With Lee Goodwin suspended for the match, the Daggers played a back three
with Broom and Janney as wing-backs. Up front, the partnership of Stein
and Charlery were chosen with McDougald on the bench. The return of the
Grecians' star player, Christian Roberts, proved to be of little importance
with him failing to impress.
A game with very few chances for either side nearly saw a very early goal
when a slip in the Daggers' defence as early as ten seconds in to the match
allowed Tomlinson the space to shoot from inside the box but Roberts saved
With Exeter playing a very tight offside trap, the Daggers forwards had
little success in attack and it was really a midfield battle for much of the
match. In truth, neither goalkeeper had a huge amount to do with the
Daggers' defence playing very well as a unit. Tony Roberts had, perhaps,
the larger amount of work to do although the vast majority of the work was
done by the impressive back line of Rooney, Vickers and Smith
the visitors did manage to make headway into the Grecians' half, Stein found
himself marked very closely and had little or no space to turn and run with
the ball. Charlery (right) did have a few half-chances during the game,
but found the marking of the Exeter player too close and was unable to
Garry Hill introduced McDougald in exchange for Mark Stein in the dying
minutes of the match but Junior was unable to provide the necessary goal
although he did seem to provide a better avenue to goal.
The Daggers did manage to share the possession fairly evenly with the home
side throughout and will be satisfied to take the Devon side back to Essex for
With Sky Television showing two live FA Cup 2nd Round Replays and there
only having been four draws in the competition so far, there is a good chance
of the replay again being televised which would mean a further cash injection
into the club.