The Daggers completely dominated this game at Burton, but couldn't find the
single goal that the performance deserved to take the points.
Daggers recalled Mark Smith (right) to the starting line up, losing Steve Heffer
and Steve West to one match suspensions. Gary Fletcher partnered Junior
McDougald up front in Westy's absence. The Brewers showed their intentions by
lining up with only Christian Moore up front.
On a day when Burton could get only only a few chances to attack it was Paul Talbot
who had the first chance of the match after just six minutes but after he latched onto Craig Dudley's flicked on cross his left foot
shot was blocked.
was it for Burton for a while as almost immediately Gary Fletcher went close with a right foot shot that flew wide after a well timed pass from Mark Rooney
(left) allowed him to surge beyond the last defender.
Matt Duke in the Burton goal had an inspired day and he was called upon to palm the ball away
from a clever chip by Junior and then had to quickly regain his ground to clear before Fletcher could knock the ball into the empty net.
After the half time cuppa it was the Brewers that had a brief spell of
pressure first Paul Talbot seeing a free kick deflected away for a corner and then forcing Roberts to extend himself to punch away another free kick after Mark Smith had
that though it was the Daggers that regained the initiative with Burton packing
the area. Many of those watching thought that Duke should have seen red for a
foul well outside the box just before the hour, but the referee produced only
the yellow. That meant that Duke was still there to see Paul Terry (right) fire a left foot shot over the bar and
produce another save to deflect John McGrath's shot into the side netting.
Still the Daggers poured forward. On 65 minutes when Gary Fletcher found himself in space six yards out but
was too slow to strike and Duke reached the shot. Glenn Kirkwood and Stuart Reddington
both cleared off the line either side of another smart Duke save, the keeper diving low to his left to keep out Danny Shipp's effort and Reddington blocking the follow up from Mark Smith.
time running out the best chance of the match fell to Daggers skipper Lee Matthews
(left) with just seven minutes remaining after McGrath again weaved his way past a couple of Brewers defender before crossing to the far post where Matthews completely mistimed his volley
the ball almost going for a goal kick.
So it wasn't to be and the Daggers draw again. The result takes them up one
place to 10th and loses a little ground on the play off spot they are looking
for but is not significant damage. Burton on the other hand will not be likely
to get away with too many performances like this one and need to pick up some
form to be sure they stay away from the relegation dogfight.