Jones stunner earns Dagenham & Redbridge point
21:43 29 September 2015
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Notts County 1
An inspired second half display saw Dagenham & Redbridge pick up their second point of the season.
Daggers turned in a lacklustre performance in a first half that was short on action.
But with a youngster leading the charge, the hosts hauled themselves back into the game and could so easily have scored a winner.
Changes were expected following Saturday’s dismal showing at Barnet and manager Wayne Burnett made four of them.
Jodi Jones, who came off the bench to score at The Hive, replaced Niko Hamalainen in the starting XI.
But perhaps the most intriguing change was at right back, with Jack Connors, who usually plays on the left, taking over from Josh Passley.
Nyron Nosworthy may have been benched but there was still plenty of Premier League pedigree on show with former West Ham stopper Roy Carroll and ex-Manchester United man Alan Smith lining up for County.
However, it didn’t show in the opening 20 minutes with the closest either side came to an effort on target was when Liam O’Brien’s clearance narrowly missed Jones’ head in the opposition box.
Stanley Aborah dragged his 35-yard shot wide for County as both sides struggled to carve out chances.
Graham Burke was another visiting player to attempt to break the deadlock, but his powerful left-footed effort never looked like troubling O’Brien.
But finally, after 34 extremely dull minutes, the game had its first shot on target which proved to be the opener for the visitors.
Adam Campbell breezed past two defenders on the left before cutting into box and slotting beyond O’Brien.
It seemed to spark the Magpies into life as they went in search of a quick second, a testing ball from the left forcing O’Brien to palm the ball away.
But the game once again died back down into an affair starved of action before the referee mercifully blew for half time, with the hosts booed off.
Whatever was said by Burnett during the interval looked to have elicited a positive response from Daggers, who began the second half brightly.
Jones attacked down the right, tricking his way past defenders at will before passing to McClure who was just beaten to the ball by Carroll as the east Londoners went in search of an equaliser.
Shortly after that, Joe Widdowson was cut down as he headed towards goal and Dagenham were awarded a free kick.
Ayo Obileye surprisingly stepped up to take it and his initial effort rebounded back to him off the wall before he unleashed a 25 yard volley that went wide of the left post.
Despite the hosts dominating the game, Campbell went close to adding a second but saw his half volley expertly stopped by O’Brien in the 71st minute.
And that save would later prove crucial as less than a minute, Jones found an equaliser.
Dagenham broke following O’Brien’s save, with the youngster getting on the ball 20 yards out.
Jones cut in, taking two players out of play, before curling the ball into the top left corner.
Their joy, though, was short lived when the visitors were awarded a penalty after Andre Boucaud fouled Jack Barmby in the box.
But O’Brien was again in superb form, pushing Izale McLeod’s spot kick away to keep the scores level.
Chambers then went close for the hosts with an effort that was the same as Jones’ goal, except it rattled the bar rather than the back of the net.
In the end though, Daggers were unable to find a winner as their search for a home win goes on.
Daggers: O’Brien; Connors, Dikamona, Obileye, Widdowson; Jones (Hines 87), Boucaud, Ferdinand, Hemmings; Doidge (Chambers 46), McClure (Cureton 81)
Subs: Cousins, Nosworthy, Raymond, Hamalainen
Attendance: 1,327 (including 203 Notts County fans)
Referee: Iain Williamson