The Daggers found a way to lose this game having pretty much dominated from
start to finish against a Stanley team that scrapped its way to an unlikely win.
predicted, James Pullen (left) was between the sticks for the Daggers, Tony
Roberts recurring foot injury keeping him out. With Stein gone it was
Braithwaite and Meechan up front. Midfield saw Tony Scully start on the left,
Mark Bentley on the right and Chris Piper and Danny Hill central . while at the
back it was Mustafa, Cole Matthews and Kimble.
Stanley showed their intentions early on, and why they "top" the
disciplinary table. Andy Proctor followed through very
late on Pullen and getting a yellow card in the 9th minute, and then Lee
Matthews clattered on the ankle by Lutel James in another horribly ate challenge shortly
Daggers took the game to the visitors though with Braithwaite and Meechan
(right) buzzing around with intent. Mark Bentley kept drifting inside though and
after 25 minutes or so Tony Scully was switched to the right as a result, Chris
Piper moving wide right. Often found in space Scully's crosses lacked quality though resulting in frustration all
round. Quite what Mark Janney and Paul Bruce make of it from the bench would be
interesting to know.
After 33 minutes the inevitable happened and Stanley's Andy Proctor was sent off after stupidly kicking the ball away
having handled and getting a second yellow card. For the second home game in
succession the Daggers we facing 10 men, but again the 10 frustrated the 11.
Half time came with still no breakthrough.
The second half saw more of the same, Stanley threatening hardly at all as
the Daggers looked for an opening. Then inexplicably the Daggers fell behind
when Prendergast sent through Paul Mullin and the Stanley man made no mistake,
slipping the ball past Pullen while the keeper looked a little flat footed.
Stung by going behind the Daggers stormed forward looking for an equaliser. With Shipp on for Meechan they put their best
spell together, Leon Braithwaite having a spectacular effort saved and Tim Cole going
close. Braithwaite was then worryingly helped off with what looked like a
hamstring pull after 78 minutes seeing Paul Bruce replace him with the Daggers
out of forward options..
out of position up front Brucey (left) had a blinding 15 minutes, crossing for Shipp to
head against the bar and almost making the difference. In the end though Stanley
managed to close the game out by going down at every opportunity, keeper Jon
Kennedy particularly guilty deep in injury time going down as if shot when
untouched catching a high ball.
The referee refused to stop play though forcing the Stanley keeper to throw
the ball out to get the trainer on. The Daggers showed what they thought by
attacking from the throw rather than chucking the ball back to the away side.
Poetic justice would have been done had the Daggers scored from it but it wasn't
that incident though, just on the 90, the Daggers frustration spilled over when Tim Cole (right) saw red in every sense of
the word when he completely lost his head head butting Dean Calcutt right in front of
the Daggers bench in retaliation and having to be restrained by the Daggers
staff from doing more. As a result Timmy will be banned for three games from two
weeks time as a result starting with the Daggers tough game against Chester
City. Nice one Tim!
The last thing the Daggers want is a high profile TV game after that. So of
off to Exeter live on Sky Sports we go.