Another point for Still’s Daggers after Carlisle draw
21:42 08 March 2016
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Carlisle United 0
Dagenham & Redbridge recorded their longest unbeaten run in League Two this season with a 0-0 draw at home to Carlisle United.
In a fast and frantic match, neither side could find a telling breakthrough to take all three points.
With regular skipper Joss Labadie serving the first of a two-game ban after collecting his 10th booking of the season, Andre Boucaud was restored to the starting XI.
There were two more forced changes for Daggers, with Clevid Dikamona and Matty Cash, making his debut, replacing the injured pair of Dom Hyam and Matt Richards.
Ashley Chambers was the only player dropped after Saturday’s win, with Justin Hoyte replacing him and Josh Passley moving to right midfield.
Daggers were so depleted that academy defender Jimmy Shepherd, who had been on loan at Ryman North outfit Barkingside, was named on the bench for the first time.
The hosts made a brisk start to proceedings, with Cash heading wide after a spot of ping pong in the box inside the first two minutes.
It was end to end for the first 10 minutes, with Daggers indebted to some great defending from Joe Widdowson to deny Hallam Hope when through on goal.
Cash clearly fancied making an impact on his debut for Daggers, going for goal from around 25 yards, but his left-footed effort curled wide of the right post.
While the match continued at a frantic pace, it took until the 25th minute for either keeper to be tested with Liam O’Brien needing to be at his best.
The Daggers stopper acrobatically pushed Hope’s goal-bound effort from just inside the box behind for a corner that was cleared by the hosts.
Daggers themselves created a good opening in the 30th minute when Christian Doidge set Josh Passley away.
Saturday’s match-winner burst into the box looking to score for the second straight game and forced a good save from Mark Gillespie, but the resulting corner was poor.
Daggers were fortunate to not go into the break behind with O’Brien making two good saves with two minutes remaining in the half.
First, the ball broke kindly for Charlie Wyke who strode forward into the box before shooting with the home stopper getting down well to save.
The hosts struggled to clear their lines, allowing Wyke another chance seconds later, but O’Brien saved well once again.
It remained goalless heading into half time, but Daggers almost broke the deadlock inside the first 50 seconds of the second period.
The ball broke to Doidge on the penalty shot, but the Welshman fired his effort at Gillespie who pushed the ball away from danger.
Doidge went close again less than a minute later, clipping the bar with a header after Passley crossed from the right.
The hosts were under pressure in the 55th minute when an error from Hoyte almost allowed Carlisle in.
Away captain Charlie Grainger saw his effort pushed away by O’Brien before Ollie Muldoon blocked the follow-up from Jason Kennedy.
Six minutes later and there was more pressure on the home goal with a through ball slipped in to Wyke.
But the Carlisle striker did not count on Dikamona making up the ground so quickly before making a superb last-ditch challenge.
The game continued at a pace, but it took until the 79th minute for the next real effort of note with the hosts relieved as Derek Asamoah fired just wide from 20 yards.
Neither side though could find the breakthrough, but Daggers closed to within six points of safety with the point.
Daggers: O’Brien; Hoyte, Worrall, Dikamona, Widdowson; Passley, Boucaud, Muldoon, Hemmings; Cash (McClure 68); Doidge (Hawkins 68)
Subs: Cousins, Cureton, Chambers, Jones, Shepherd
Carlisle: Gillespie, Miller, Grainger (Asamoah 76), Joyce, Raynes, Atkinson, Kennedy, Wyke (Gilliead 82), Ibehre, Hope, Ellis
Unused subs: Hanford, Hery, Archibald-Henville, Rigg, McQueen
Attendance: 1,695 (including 212 Carlisle fans)
Referee: Kevin Johnson