an historic night at Victoria Road, the Daggers progressed to the Fourth Round
of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
In front of a large crowd and the Sky TV cameras,
the Daggers withstood the challenge from Plymouth Argyle and took the game to
their Second Division opponents, winning 2-0 courtesy of goals from Danny Shipp
(left) and Junior McDougald.
Garry Hill (right with Terry Harris) fielding the same side as that which earned a 2-2 draw at
Home Park in the original side, Pilgrims' manager, Paul Sturrock made changes to
his starting eleven, reverting to a 4-3-3 formation. It was the
introduction of striker, Marino Keith that posed the Daggers the most problems
and, indeed, Keith had three golden chances to turn the game just before the
With a strong wind blowing down the pitch, the
Daggers started the match kicking towards the Bury Road end with the wind behind
the first minute, the visitors came close to opening the scoring when Keith saw
his shot fly wide.
With the Daggers taking a while to settle, the
visitors also had chances from Paul Wotton and a David Friio shot which was
comfortably saved by Tony Roberts (left). Roberts received treatment for a
knock sustained in this and from the restart, the Daggers came very close to
taking the lead.
ball was cleared upfield and John McGrath (right) managed to force a
corner. When the corner was taken, the ball was headed goalwards, only to
be saved by the arm of a Plymouth defender. Despite strong appeals that
the ball had crossed the line and that the defender had handled the ball, the
referee waved play on.
Obviously riled by this, the Daggers pressed
forward and took the lead barely a minute later. Danny Shipp picked the
ball up on the edge of the area, took a couple of paces inside and unleashed a
fine left foot shot beyond the reach of the Argyle 'keeper to send the home
support into ecstasy.
sides had chances to score in the remaining minutes of the first half.
First Evans' shot was deflected wide and then Junior McDougald (left) latched
onto a mistake by Wotton, but was unable to keep his powerful shot down.
The Daggers then forced two more corners but were
unable to capitalise on them.
Increasingly, the visitors were attempting to use
an unrefined long-ball game but were getting little change from the excellent
Daggers' back line.
Towards the end of the half, though, the visitors
had their best spell of the match, creating a number of good chances to level
the scores. On each occasion, Keith was the main threat, first striking
the post after a lovely turn and snap shot and then blasting the ball over from
close range when it seemed certain that he would send the teams in
level. Within a minute, he got through one-on-one with Roberts, only to
scuff his shot well wide.
seemed that the second half would see a change in tactics from the visitors, but
the envisaged onslaught failed to come.
Mark Janney (right) saw his cross cleared by
Worrell before Keith placed his shot over.
Increasingly, the Daggers were able to play
shut-out on any Plymouth attack, save for a Keith shot which was saved by
Following some tactical line-up changes, the
visitors were still struggling to have any impact on the Daggers' defence and
with around ten minutes to go, Junior McDougald very nearly took advantage of a
mistake from Wotton, but a last ditch challenge from Coughlan denied him the
chance to extend the lead.
However, McDougald did double the score when he
finished off a wonderful move on the right. The Daggers were exchanging
passes on the corner of the area and when Janney whipped in a cross, it eluded
everyone with the exception of McDougald who had peeled off at the far post and
headed the ball into the corner of the net to put the result beyond doubt (left).
The fourth official indicated three minutes of
added time, but neither side created any notable chances and the final whistle
blew to send the Daggers' supporters into raptures.
is little doubt that the result and scoreline were thoroughly deserved.
Garry Hill must be absolutely thrilled at the performance put in by every one of
his players on the field tonight and, in particular, the back line who worked
magnificently all night.
Carrow Road, Norwich City desposed of the challenge of Brighton & Hove
Albion, beating them 3-1 despite being 0-1 down.
Daggers now face the difficult trip to Carrow Road for the Fourth Round.