The Daggers will view this result as two points lost rather than a point gained
after they dominated large periods of the game against a poor Woking side as
lacking in confidence as the Daggers themselves.
Dagenham & Redbridge started with the same side and formation that played at
Hereford with the exception of Mark Janney who replaced Mark Rooney in the right
wing back position. If Janners was playing for his place he certainly will have
impressed Garry Hill with one of his more inspired performances on the night.
It was Woking that started the fastest and after just 90 odd seconds they took
the lead, almost before the Daggers had had a meaningful touch of the ball. A
hopeful cross from the right was headed clear by Lee Matthews but dropped to
about 25 yards out. With no-one looking to close Moore down he returned the ball
with interest finding Robbo's top left corner with a spectacular volley.
While the goal was a classic, it was actually Woking's first and last shot on
target of the night and the Daggers roared back to take the initiative with Mark
Janney the outlet down the right wing. First his cross was headed just wide by
Lee Matthews, then another was volleyed just over by Mark Stein on
the far post.
With the rest of the team seemingly squandering Janners good work it came as
no real surprise that it was the man himself who grabbed the equaliser in the 26th
minute. Mark Stein played the ball in and Janners applied an unstoppable finish
whipping the ball across Jalal's goal just inside the far post.
The crowd relaxed and waited for the floodgates to open as the Daggers stormed
forward but as so often this season the quality of the final ball was missing and the effort
was wasted more often than not. Danny Hill (left) was particularly guilty of misplacing passes when in good positions.
When they did get a clear chance Jalal was equal to
it, like in the 37th minute when Danny Hill found space for a shot from distance and as the
crowd were shouting for the goal the Woking keeper just tipped it round the
At half time Danny Shipp replaced Paul
Terry (right), presumably due to a knock on
Terry, who had been performing well up to that point.
The second half continued much as the first with the Daggers pressing forward
looking to grab a much needed win but being thwarted by either their own lack of
imagination or a resolute Woking defence. The ineffective John Keeling was soon
replaced by Paul Bruce on the left which provided more of an outlet down that
side but still the crosses were not falling to strikers.
In the 61st minute Woking striker Ben Abbey, who had been booked for kicking the ball away in the first half got in to the Daggers area but fell
dramatically when challenged and was shown a second yellow for the dive. This
incident actually made things harder for the Daggers as Woking fell back even
further in a determination to keep what they had.
Time and again the ball was fired in to the Woking penalty area but refused
to drop to Mark Stein, Steve West or late on Junior McDougald on for Danny Hill.
In the last few minutes of the game, with all the Daggers substitutions used
Paul Bruce (left) was carried off on a stretcher and straight down the tunnel
with what looked like a serious knock.
The Daggers continued to press but it wasn't to be and the game petered out
at 1-1. The result lifts the Daggers one place to 13th.
In other games last night, Chester City surprisingly lost at home to Nuneaton
Borough on live Sky Sports to end their unbeaten record while Yeovil were pegged
back by an injury time equaliser by Burton Albion to leave the top of the table still tight
when it looked like the Glovers could open up a gap.
The draw means that Woking remain in the relegation zone while Kettering and
Leigh RMI both lost again to deepen their problems.