Ten-man Daggers beaten at home by another late goal
17:03 18 October 2014
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Newport County 1
Dagenham & Redbridge conceded another late goal at Victoria Road to this time lose to Newport County despite another encouraging home display.
The hosts hit the woodwork and appeared to be edging close to a late winner before captain Abu Ogogo was shown a straight red card in the 78th minute.
And then in the 90th minute the Welsh side scored the only goal of the game through Chris Zebroski’s excellent header.
Manager Wayne Burnett made two changes to the side that defeated Accrington Stanley last weekend.
Ade Yusuff was handed a start after his two-goal display at the Crown Ground and George Porter also came into the team.
Christian Doidge dropped to the bench against the club he watched growing up and Jamie Cureton, who had a slight hamstring pull, took a place among the substitutes.
Daggers started with great urgency and won several free kicks and corners inside the opening exchanges of the game.
They weren’t able to create any clear cut opportunities from those set pieces but should have taken the lead with nine minutes played.
Ashley Hemmings latched onto a loose ball in midfield and drove at the County defence, he passed into Porter in space but the winger fired into the side netting.
It was a good chance for Porter but it failed to deter his good start to the game and he continued causing wing-back Andrew Hughes problems.
The away side’s had a decent opportunity midway through the half when Andy Sandell crossed in from the left but Chris Zebroski’s effort was blocked by Jack Connors.
Lee Minshull went close for Justin Edinburgh’s team shortly afterwards but Abu Ogogo and Brian Saah both deflected his shot away from goal.
Darren Jones headed over the bar for County, minutes after Ashley Chambers had become the first name to go in referee Tim Robinson’s book for a late challenge.
Although Daggers were enjoying plenty of possession it was the away side that threatened towards the end of the first period.
Joe Pigott and Mark Byrne both had efforts off target before James Loveridge drifted inside but Mark Cousins easily held his curled shot.
Burnett was forced into a change just before the break as Joss Labadie went off with a injury and Billy Bingham came on to replace him.
County were inches away from taking the lead five minutes into the second half through Pigott.
Yan Klukowski ran at Jack Connors and passed inside to Pigott but his curled shot smashed off the post and Daggers survived.
Two minutes later and the hosts had a chance of their own as Bingham crossed into the box but Brian Saah headed over the bar.
Bingham was having a big influence on the game now and was inches away from opening the scoring in the 57th minute.
County’s Kevin Feely gave away a free kick moments after coming on and Bingham surprised everyone by curling towards the top corner, but fortunately for Joe Day in the away goal it went just over.
Burnett’s side wanted a penalty minutes after as Yusuff went on another mazy run and appeared to be tripped by Andrew Hughes but no penalty was awarded.
And County should have punished Daggers in the 63rd minute when the ball fell perfectly for Pigott but he side footed over the bar from close range.
Scott Doe and Abu Ogogo were forced into last ditch defending as County pushed for a breakthrough but it remained end to end as Yusuff scuffed a ball across the box but no one was able to get on the end of it.
Cureton was introduced shortly afterwards and went close twice in quick succession.
He firstly played an excellent 1-2 with Chambers, who was on the other side of the pitch, before forcing Joe Day to tip over the bar.
And from the resulting corner the experienced forward worked space on the edge of the box before smashing an effort off the crossbar.
However, just as Daggers were pushing for a winner they were thwarted when Ogogo and Minshull come together on the floor and the referee showed the home captain a straight red card.
It failed to stop Cureton, though, as again he forced Day into an excellent save from outside the box before County finally made their man advantage count.
Sandell was given too much time to cross in from the left and Zebroski rose tallest inside the box to head in the opening goal in the 90th minute.
Four minutes were added on but Burnett’s side were unable to fashion an opportunity and fell to another harsh home defeat.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Doe, Saah, Connors, Porter (Boucaud 82), Ogogo, Labadie (Bingham 45), Hemmings (Cureton 71), Chambers, Yusuff.
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Doidge, Green, Partridge.
Newport County: Day, Jones, Yakubu (Feely 54), Minshull, Zebroski, Sandell, Hughes, Klukowski, Loveridge (Flynn 62), Bryne, Pigott (O’Connor 71).
Unusued substitutes: Pidgeley, Porter, Tancock, Collins.
Attendance: 1654 (176 Newport County supporters).