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Scored the first

Daggers Scrape Through
by Hardy on 01/11/2004

The Daggers are through to the First Round of the FA Cup by the skin of their teeth after this game went right to the death on Saturday.

Dagenham & Redbridge

Crawley Town

Boot 39
Janney 90

Tait 76

FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
Glyn Hopkin Stadium
Saturday 30th October 2004
Daggers scrape through
The Daggers are through to the First Round of the FA Cup by the skin of their teeth after this game went right to the death on Saturday.

They lined up as expected with Chris Moore still missing with his knee and groin problem meaning that Tony Boot got the nod to partner Craig Mackail-Smith. In goal it was a debut for Paul Bastock to the Daggers eternal shame, showing that the money from a potential cup run was worth more than their principles.

In the first half it really didn't matter who was in goal as the Daggers pressed forward from all parts of the pitch. Within the first minute of the game Mackail-Smith (right) slipped the ball past Dolan and was away, only to be brought down just outside the box. The referee decided a talking to was enough for Dolan when a red card could have been argued for, and would be lenient on reckless Crawley defending all afternoon in an abject display of officiating once again, even on line calls.

With the Crawley keeper Phil Smith doing a Halloween impression of Dracula, any kind of cross caused mayhem in the heart of their defence. This was graphically demonstrated when Tony Boot looked to have put the Daggers ahead when Smith came and missed the cross leaving Boot the simplest of headers into the empty net. The referee decided there has seen a push though and disallowed it.

The Daggers continued to hammer forward. Janney hit the post from close range after a great run, the ball rebounding to Boot who hit a defender on the line. Quite how it took so long to go ahead was a mystery, but at last it was Tony Boot that gave the home side the lead on 39 minutes when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the area and he just hit it, the shot flying past Smith.

As half time came it could easily have been three or four nil and Crawley could have had no complaints, but as so often happens the second half was very different.

Crawley had to attack now and with Paul Bruce having limped off just before half time, sub Shane Blackett (left) was very exposed at left back by Lee Flynn who also looked injured and made way for Lee Goodwin, causing the whole team to reshuffle with no-one really taking responsibility for the left of midfield. The space up the Daggers left was exploited by Crawley's Mo Harkin who tormented Blackett time and time again.

The Daggers defending became more and more desperate as Crawley dominated, one last ditch tackle by Ashley Vickers saving what looked a certain goal after Tim Cole (right) misplaced a header back to the keeper letting Marney through on goal. On 76 minutes the inevitable happened and Crawley drew level. Again it came down the Daggers left, the ball eventually reaching Allan Tait who turned and smashed the ball in.

The Daggers took a deep breath and set out to win it again. The game was stretched all over the park now and chances came both ways. This time it was Blackett who made the last gasp tackle to save a certain goal, then Mackail-Smith headed just over and then hit the bar with a screamer within a couple of minutes. As the game headed toward injury time Bastock made a fabulous save to deny Platel which John Still will point at to justify his selection.

With three minutes of injury time signalled the Daggers gave it one more go and serial cup hero Mark Janney (left), who scored the late winner last time the two sides met in the FA Cup was there to slam home a Tony Boot pass with seconds left and send his team through.

A classic cup tie then, and the Daggers reaped the reward in the draw held shortly after the game ended. The Daggers applauded their fans as always at the end, circling the pitch with Bastock in their midst. I thought laps of honour were only appropriate when you won something Paul?




31 Paul Bastock
15 Anwar Uddin
2 Tim Cole
3 Ashley Vickers
16 Lee Flynn (off
7 Mark Janney
8 Glen Southam (off
6 Jake Leberl
22 Paul Bruce (off
10 Craig Mackail-Smith
11 Tony Boot


27 Martin Brennan
4 Lee Goodwin (on
5 Shane Blackett (on
14 Matthew Judge
21 Jack Midson (on

23 Phil Smith
22 Ryan Palmer
4 Kevin Hemsley (off 53 mins)
29 Joe Dolan
3 Sean Hankin
7 Mo Harkin
8 Paul Armstrong
16 Robert Kember
15 Robert Traynor
12 Allan Tait
9 Danny Marney (off 66 mins)


1 Andy Little
6 Sami El Abd
11 Neil Jenkins
17 Charlie Mapes (on 53 mins)
Daniel Platel (on 66 mins)

Referee: Mr D. Cann
Attendance: 1,104

DiggerDagger's Man Of The Match

Ashley Vickers

A great show of gutsy defending again Ash

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