Daggers blow another two-goal lead to draw at Newport

16:57 23 January 2016

Christian Doidge of Dagenham and Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the opening goal (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Christian Doidge of Dagenham and Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the opening goal (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Sky Bet League Two: Newport County 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 2

Joe Worrall of Dagenham and Redbridge scores the second goal (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Joe Worrall of Dagenham and Redbridge scores the second goal (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

For the third time this season, Dagenham & Redbridge threw away a commanding lead and only take the points, this time at Newport County.

After scoring twice in quick succession at the start of the first half, the east Londoners were lucky to not concede before the break.

Two late goals for the hosts were no more than they deserved as Daggers slipped back into the bottom two.

Having performed so well for little reward last time out against Northampton Town, John Still chose to make no changes for the visitors.

That meant Christian Doidge was afforded a start against his hometown side, having netted off the bench at Rodney Parade last season.

New signing Luke Guttridge was named among the substitutes after joining on a free transfer during the week.

The visitors made a lightning quick start against the Exiles with Doidge scoring inside the first minute.

Oliver Muldoon brilliantly intercepted a pass inside in his own half before lobbing the ball up to the tall striker near the penalty area.

Doidge chested the ball down before lashing home a half volley from 18 yards that flew into the top corner.

A touch over five minutes later and Daggers were two up when Joe Worrall scored his first goal for the club.

The defender, on loan from Nottingham Forest, headed an Ashley Hemmings’ corner into almost the same spot as Doidge’s goal to double the lead.

From then on, Daggers came under pressure from the hosts with Clevid Dikamona denying Alex Rodman from close range with a superb block in the 25th minute.

Mark Cousins was next to bail the visitors out two minutes later, stopping Conor Wilkinson from netting on his birthday with a brilliant save.

Dagenham appeared to have ridden the storm, though, with Ashley Chambers firing wide from the edge of the area after a Doidge knock down in the 36th minute.

Chambers went close again seven minutes later after great work in midfield from Andre Boucaud to play him in.

The attacker struck with his left foot from just inside the box, but his effort went just shy of the left post as Daggers took a two goal lead into the break.

Dagenham were probably told the importance of not conceding early after the interval, but almost did when Mark Byrne shot just wide in the 48th minute.

The visitors went close to adding a second two minutes later when Doidge headed the ball to Muldoon, repaying the earlier favour.

Sadly the midfielder’s shot could only sting the palms of Exiles keeper Mitchell Beeney and there was no one present to lash home the rebound.

Daggers went close again in the 69th minute when Doidge was once more involved in the action.

Josh Passley slipped a ball in from the right onto the penalty shot, but the Welshman’s effort was well blocked by Janoi Donacien.

But Newport continued to roar, forcing Passley to clear a corner off his own line with little over 11 minutes remaining.

And Exiles finally got the goal they deserved when Jean Christophe Ayina scored on his debut for the club with eight minutes left.

The attacker’s effort deflected in off Chambers, with the nick meaning Cousins could do nothing about it.

Newport’s tails were now up, with Rodman only denied an equaliser by a brilliant save from Cousins.

But they did have a second through Wilkinson in the 88th minute after Cousins fumbled Rodman’s shot.

Daggers now have a two-week break from action, something they probably need after blowing another two-goal lead.

Newport: Beeney, Holmes, Davies, Klukowski (Owen-Evans 68), Wilkinson, Donacien (Barrow 72), Hughes, Boden, Rodman, Smalley (Ayina 58), Byrne

Unused subs: Green, Taylor, Ralph, Ofori

Daggers: Cousins; Passley, Worrall, Hoyte, Dikamona, Hemmings; Boucaud (Guttridge 89), Labadie, Muldoon; Chambers, Doidge (Hawkins 70)

Unused subs: O’Brien, Cureton, Jones, Raymond, Widdowson

Attendance: 2, 223 (103 Daggers fans)

Referee: Darren Deadman


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