The Daggers grabbed a last gasp equaliser at St James' Park yesterday through Tony Boot to all but kill off Exeter City's play off hopes.
John Still kept faith with the side that has played well in the last two
games, with a bench packed with options which came into its own later in the
With the Daggers all but mathematically out of the play off race already it
was the home side that had to get the win and that was obvious in the early
exchanges as they piled forward looking to atone for a poor home defeat to
Northwich last Saturday.
enough, with just 11 minutes on the clock, Exeter got their noses in front when
the ball was played into the area from Jeannin to Lee Phillips. He brought the ball under control with his
chest and was then challenged by Scott Griffiths (right), the ball falling to Kwame Ampadu
who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Andrew Taylor missed a decent chance to extend the Grecians lead but shot
wide before the Daggers got their first real chance of the night, Glen Southam's corner
causing havoc in the City defence only for Lee Goodwin to direct his header narrowly
Roberts saved well from Gareth Sheldon and then Paul Buckle as Exeter continued
to dominate but the Daggers were still a threat, their best chance coming in the
41st minute when Chris Moore found Lee Goodwin (left), unfortunately not the
most natural finisher in the side. Lee's shot was firmly struck but was well
saved by Paul Jones.
Just on half time Phillips should have made it two but headed wide to leave
the Daggers behind but well in touch.
early periods of the second half were cagey, with Exeter looking to hold what
they held rather than take the game to the visitors so much. Chris Moore (right)
was unlucky on 66 minutes when his positive run resulted in a shot that was only
partially saved, Alex Jeannin getting to the loose ball and clearing just ahead
of the Daggers top scorer.
Exeter's Andrew Taylor had a free-kick which was well caught by Roberts as
the home side started to visibly tire strangely for a full time side playing at
home. The Daggers freshened things up with Tony Boot on for Mackail-Smith and
then replaced Shane Blackett who looked to have picked up a knock with Ashley
Vickers and Paul Bruce with Jack Midson.
City still had the better chances though with Sheldon having a shot blocked
and shortly afterwards Lee Phillips shooting over when he should have hit the
time running out the Daggers had a decent chance to draw level, once again the
chance falling to the wrong man in Danny Foster (left) who missed the target.
Les Afful, on for Phillips should have wrapped it up in injury time but Roberts
saved brilliantly. From the corner Flack forced another save from Roberts, then
Sheldon's shot was blocked on the line by Ashley Vickers.
Three minutes into the four added on the Daggers won a free kick just inside
their own half when Afful was judged to have fouled. Robbo launched the ball
into the Exeter area and the ball came to Scott Griffiths on the left. He
crossed and the Exeter defence hesitated allowing Tony Boot to head home an
There was still time for one more chance, and a superb save by Roberts from Jeannin's header just before the final
whistle clinched a point for the Daggers and probably means Exeter will not make
the playoffs again this season.
Other results mean that Farnborough Town are definitely relegated with Leigh
RMI while Forest Green Rovers have to hope for a miracle to avoid being the
third team for the drop, only Canvey Island now also under threat.
At the top, Barnet were confirmed champions on Saturday and wins for
Carlisle, Morecambe and Hereford strengthened all of their chances.