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14:00 31 December 2014

Dagenham & Redbridge's number one Mark Cousins (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge's number one Mark Cousins (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge and John White of Southend United (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge and John White of Southend United (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Mark Cousins was in positive mood after a man-of-the-match performance at Roots Hall earned Daggers a share of the spoils at Southend on Sunday.

The 27-year-old made a string of second-half saves to keep it goalless and allow Wayne Burnett’s side to earn a point.

It was a huge improvement after their disappointing Boxing Day loss to Stevenage, but the result leaves them in the bottom two in League Two.

Cousins was focusing on the positives, though.

“I think the back four, and everyone else, put in a shift and especially with two games in three days we really stood up out there and a clean sheet is a positive,” he said.

“We are pleased to take a draw at this place. Southend will probably be disappointed not to get the three points. But we have got to be pleased.

“It is a negative that we are in the bottom two, but at the end of the day you can’t affect what teams do around you.

“Tranmere won against Northampton, we couldn’t affect what result they got, all we could do is affect ours and a point is a positive result.”

It could have been different for Daggers with 10 minutes gone at Roots Hall.

Blues captain John White over-hit a back-pass and beat Daniel Bentley to put the ball into the back of his own net.

However it was ruled out because Ashley Hemmings, who pressured White, was adjudged to be in an offside position.

But that wasn’t the case, Cousins added: “Looking back, the linesman has flagged really early and there was a mix-up between their keeper and John.

“We came in at half time and they said it wasn’t offside, but you have to accept that. Referees are going to make mistakes.”

Cousins was called upon four times in a 13-minute spell at the start of the second half to preserve his clean sheet.

He denied Barry Corr and Jack Payne twice each, but was extremely modest when asked about his display.

Cian Bolger received a red card with 20 remaining, but it didn’t affect the game too much.

“The first save from Barry Corr is the standout,” added Cousins.

“It was a reaction one. There was quite a few, but that is my job at the end of the day.

“I am paid to stop the ball going into the back of the net, but I am pleased I have helped the team get a point.”

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