Daggers were held 0-0 by Farnborough Town today to take just a point from the
third of their three home games in a row.
With the Daggers very much down to
the bare bones of the squad through injury and suspension, John Still's (left)
hand was pretty much forced with regard to team selection. However, even
with this makeshift line-up, the Daggers dominated the match throughout without
creating many clear cut chances.
A mixture of good defending and some outstanding goalkeeping from the
visitors ensured that the hosts were unable to break the deadlock.
first half was a frustrating period for the Daggers who, despite their
territorial advantage, were unable to break down the 'Boro defence and were
restricted to long-range efforts. The first of these came from Glen
Southam (right), but his shot was never likely to beat Mark Osborne. Steve
Clark saw his long range effort gathered by Osborne whilst, at the other end,
the visitors' best chance saw Lee Miles head over from a Tony Taggart corner.
The funniest incident of the first half was when the referee prevented the
Daggers taking a quick free-kick to ensure that the "wall" were back ten yards.
He paced back the ten yards from the ball to discover that the "wall" was
actually over ten yards, causing much amusement to the supporters in the Sieve.
The second half saw a marked improvement in the entertainment level of the
game and the hosts pressed hard for the breakthrough that would move them up
into the play-off positions.
after the interval, the Farnborough defence attempted to spring the offside
trap, only to see Ashley Vickers (left) somehow beat the trap and find himself
clear and one-on-one with the 'keeper. The ball took an age to fall for
Vickers and with him seemingly surprised to be onside, he unleashed a tame
effort at Osborne when he had the time to move nearer to the goal before
shooting. Nonetheless, Osborne could only parry Vickers' shot back to the
Daggers' defender, but did well to hold Vickers' headed second shot.
a little under 30 minutes remaining, the visitors had probably the best chance
of the match when Nick Burton headed the ball across goal towards John Muhern at
the far post, only to see Ashley Vickers clear the ball.
Shortly later, Jay Smith wasted a good chance for Farnborough, tamely
shooting the ball straight at Tony Roberts (right).
several occasions in the second half, promising build-up play down the flanks
from Scott Griffiths and Steve Clark was wasted through ineffective passing.
Clark was particularly responsible for this, going on some fantastic runs down
the wing before providing an ill-placed cross into no-mans-land.
Daggers saw a Paul Bruce free-kick curl wide of the far post and Anwar Uddin
(right) head the ball at the keeper with the goal at his mercy but their best
chance of the match fell to the tireless Mackail-Smith who found himself chasing
a flick-on from Vickers. He seemed to time his volley perfectly, but
somehow Osborn managed to tip the ball wide.
The result leaves the Daggers 11th in the table and, whilst dropping two
points in this game was disappointing, the Daggers have now only conceded one
goal in the last four league matches. John Still's men certainly lacked
penetration in the final ball, and part of this is due to the absence of Chris
Moore. However, Farnborough clearly came to avoid conceding and defended
very well, getting men behind the ball and preventing the final pass into the
box on several occasions. With tough matches coming up against
Scarborough, Carlisle and Morecambe, John Still will be hoping not to lose any
more of his squad - at least there were no bookings in this match to worry