The Daggers popular goalkeeper Tony Roberts is facing criticism after seeing red
for the second time this season in a nightmare performance at Farnborough's
Cherrydown Road ground. In the Daggers last visit in March Roberts dropped the
ball into his own net under pressure judged legal at the time, and the San
Cherryo is unlikely to feature in Robbo's top ten favourite grounds after this
Daggers started with one change from the victory over Leigh as Tony Boot (right)
replaced the injured Chris Moore up front. New signing, goalkeeper Martin
Brennan, took the substitute goalkeeping spot on the bench with Matthew Judge,
called into the squad after impressing for the reserves.
the weather simply awful it was a slow start to the game, the Daggers getting
the first sight of goal after a quarter of an hour when Craig Mackail-Smith
(left) hit a shot over from the edge of the area. The Daggers looked the better
side just about but it was Farnborough that had the best early chance when
Taggart’s corner fell to Stephen Hughes whose shot wide of the target.
Hughes had another shot blocked before Boro somewhat luckily took the lead on
33 minutes. Another dangerous looking corner from Tony Taggart was curling under
the bar and as Tony Roberts went to catch it the wet ball got away from him and
the ball ended up in the net.
Daggers went looking for an equaliser straight away and had good chances only to
find Holloway in the Farnborough gaol in form, so much so that he was named the
home sides man of the match. First Paul Bruce forced him into a good save from a
free-kick then he did superbly well to deny Jake Leberl (right) from close
The Daggers continued looking for an equaliser in the second half, again
Holloway the man in the way as Mackail-Smith's header from a Mark Janney cross
was well saved. Boro still looked a threat though and Taggart almost made it 2-0
with a shot that was saved well by Roberts.
to shake things up John Still brought on Jack Midson (left) for Mark Janney with
twenty minutes left and the move looked a good one when almost immediately Midson's through ball
put Boot away, but unfortunately the shot was just wide. In the 79th minute
though Midson did pull it level, getting on the end of a cross from Lee Flynn,
his first competitive goal for the Daggers since joining from Arlesey Town in
It looked like it would end in a draw which would have been a fair result on
the day but it wasn't to be as the game had a sensational end.
With the game already in injury time Tony Roberts was judged to have brought
down Gary Holloway. The referee signalled penalty and booked Roberts for the
foul, however Tony Taggert's spot kick was well saved by the Daggers keeper and
play continued. After maybe thirty seconds the referee spotted that his
assistant had been flagging to say that Roberts had come off his line and
ordered a retake.
Up stepped Taggart again and this time the penalty beat Robbo to win the game
for Boro. An incensed Tony Roberts then kicked the ball against Taggart as he
celebrated the winner and referee Kinseley pulled out a second yellow card and
then the red to send him off.
On came Martin Brennan for a most unexpected Daggers debut in place of Tony
Boot and despite six minutes of injury time the game ended in defeat.
With this being the second red this season for Robbo the likely punishment
will be two games suspended and it looks like a pressure home debut next
Saturday for Brennan in the FA Cup tie against Crawley.