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Burton Albion Report
by Hardy on 23/12/2002

The Daggers do everything but score as they dominate at Burton Albion's Eton Park but in the end are held goal less. Hardy reports on the game.

Burton Albion
0

Dagenham & Redbridge
0

Nationwide Conference
Eton Park
Saturday 21st December 2002
3:00pm
Stalemate
The Daggers completely dominated this game at Burton, but couldn't find the single goal that the performance deserved to take the points.

The 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.

That 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 fouled Dudley.

After 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.

With 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.

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BURTON ALBION


DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE

1 Matt Duke
2 Terry Hanshaw
3 Paul Talbot
4 Neil Glasser
7 Darren Stride
10 Christian Moore
11 Aaron Webster
15 Glen Kirkwood
17 Craig Dudley (off 68 mins)
26 John Burns
27 Stuart Reddington (off 73 mins)

Substitutes

5 Mark Blount (on 73 mins)
6 Darren Wassall
8 Dale Anderson (on 68 mins)
13 Dan Robinson
20 Nigel Clough

1 Tony Roberts
3 Ashley Vickers
5 Mark Smith
17 Lee Matthews
24 Steve Potts
8 Paul Terry
9 Danny Shipp
20 Mark Rooney
26 John McGrath
13 Junior McDougald
19 Gary Fletcher

Substitutes

18 Paul Gothard
2 Tim Cole
7 Mark Janney
14 Danny Hill
16 Jamie Murat

Referee: Mr S Procter-Green
Attendance: 1,447

DiggerDagger's Man Of The Match

Junior McDougald

Did everything but score the goal he deserved


 

 

 

 

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