Dagenham & Redbridge rue late goal
16:59 28 November 2015
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League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Plymouth Argyle 1
Dagenham & Redbridge were 30 seconds from a first home win of the season in their draw with Plymouth Argyle.
A week on from pushing Oxford United hard, the hosts put in another great display against a team near the top.
The goal midway through the second half looked enough for Daggers until a stunning late strike from Plymouth.
Daggers made three changes for the visit of the Pilgrims with Nyron Nosworthy, Matt McClure and Kyle Vassell all missing out through injury.
Ayo Obileye, Jodi Jones and Jamie Cureton all came into the starting line up after being on the bench at Wimbledon.
There was also a first start in over a month for skipper Andre Boucaud having spent most of his time on the bench in recent weeks.
Both sides enjoyed good periods of possession in the opening 15 minutes before Dagenham were given a chance to take the lead.
Josh Passley crossed into the box from the right for Cureton whose shot from six yards was blocked out for a corner that Plymouth were able to clear.
Aside from that, Daggers were being restricted to pot shots although Jones had Argyle keeper Christian Walton troubled four minutes later.
The young winger cut in from his right flank before shooting a couple of inches over with his favoured left from 25 yards.
Jones clearly fancied his chances of adding to his goal collection against the Pilgrims as he went close again in the 24th minute.
Ashley Hemmings’ initial effort was blocked and the ball broke to Jones who shot first time from 20 yards forcing Walton to push behind for a corner that was cleared.
Joss Labadie was next to try his luck from distance three minutes later, but his try from 30 yards and central went wide of the left post.
The hosts were looking more than a match for the table toppers and were unlucky not to have a penalty in the 36th minute when Jones went over in the box.
Daggers had another glorious chance to score the opener in the 58th minute when Cureton broke on to a long ball.
The evergreen striker forced a wonderful save from Walton and the ball almost rebounded in off Curtis Nelson, instead going just wide.
Dagenham needn’t have worried as just a minute later, the hosts took the lead they deserved.
Joss Labadie produced a storming run from midfield and was through on goal with just Walton to beat.
The midfielder produced a calm finish to give the hosts their first goal at home since October 3.
Daggers should have had a second 10 minutes from the end when Cureton reached a ball he really had no right to get.
The striker then shot across goal, but his effort went just wide of the far post and Plymouth were let off the hook.
Daggers had another chance to put the game to bed three minutes from time but Ashley Hemmings shot straight at Walton.
The left offs proved costly as with just 30 seconds remaining, Ryan Brunbt struck from distance to earn the visitors a point.
Dagenham remain without a win at home but on that basis, it is just around the corner.
Daggers: Cousins; Passley, Obileye, Dikamona, Connors; Labadie, Boucaud, Dunne; Jones (Chambers 77), Cureton, Hemmings
Unused subs: O’Brien, Doidge, Raymond, Mulraney, Pask, Hoyte
Attendance: 2,344 (including 991 Plymouth fans)
Referee: Darren Deadman