Ten-man Shrews down Daggers
17:12 01 November 2014
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Sky Bet League Two: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Shrewsbury 2
Dagenham & Redbridge conceded deep into injury time against Shrewsbury Town to fall to a fourth consecutive defeat at Victoria Road.
Billy Bingham put the hosts into a fifth-minute lead but they couldn’t build on that before the break.
And despite the visitors being reduced to ten men in the 50th minute, Andrew Mangan scored a stunning equaliser 20 minutes from time.
Mangan was the difference and deep into injury time he won a spot-kick, which Liam Lawrence scored to make it another defeat at home for Daggers.
Manager Wayne Burnett made one change to the team held at Wycombe last weekend as Ashley Chambers dropped to the bench in place of Joss Labadie.
Rhys Murphy was also among the substitutes after completing 90 minutes on Monday in the Essex Senior Cup, with Christian Doidge left out of the squad altogether.
Shrewsbury had the first significant chance of the game after just four minutes, but Ryan Woods volleyed wide after beating Labadie to the ball.
And a minute later and the hosts went into the lead through Bingham’s fifth goal for the club.
George Porter was able to stand up a cross to the back post and Bingham, unmarked, squeezed his volley through the legs of Jayson Leutwiler.
Bingham’s effort was nearly cleared off the line, but the linesman on the far side flagged and the goal was awarded.
The visitors immediately tried to find a way back into the game and Jack Grimmer and Lawrence put decent balls into the box, but Daggers were able to deal with both of them.
Jamie Cureton and Ade Yusuff then linked up well, but the latter fired off target before Leutwiler made a mess of Andre Boucaud’s hopeful forward pass.
The ball wasn’t ever going into the box, but the Shrews keeper decided to come, despite Cureton being in close proximity, and handled outside the area.
Luetwiler was booked for his error and Porter earned a yellow as well, presumably for arguing that the keeper deserved something harsher than just a caution.
After those bookings, Porter cut the set-piece back, but Cureton’s goalbound effort was blocked.
Eight minutes before the break the Shrews did finally create a great chance, but fortunately for Burnett’s team it wasn’t converted.
Lawrence got to the byline and crossed in but James Collins, unmarked, headed wide from just eight yards.
Two minutes after that chance and the visitors were furious when referee Darren Sheldrake stopped play after Labadie was down on the turf with a face injury.
Lawrence had the ball just outside the Daggers box but play was stopped and the home side won the resulting drop ball to clear.
A minute into time added on and Labadie nearly extended the lead with brilliant close control in the box after more good wing play from Porter.
The winger got at his marker and crossed into the box, Labadie brought the ball down brilliantly and cut inside, but Connor Goldson deflected his effort off target.
That was the last action of the half and after the interval Daggers started well with Bingham immediately testing Leutwiler from range.
And just four minutes into the second period, Burnett’s side were handed another advantage when Shrewsbury were reduced to ten men.
Yusuff chested the ball and battled brilliantly with Jermaine Grandison before he started to run through on goal, but the defender bundled him to the floor.
Referee Sheldrake was left with no choice but to show a straight red but unfortunately Damian Batt lifted the resulting free-kick wide.
The visitors weren’t deterred by the sending-off, though, as they tested Mark Cousins for the first time in the match.
Substitute Mangan tested the Daggers number one from just outside the box, but Cousins parried that effort.
And the same man again got into a good position soon after but once more the home keeper was able to keep the shot out and preserve the lead.
Shrewsbury continued to pile the pressure on and 20 minutes from time they was rewarded when Mangan finally found the net.
Grimmer chipped the ball forward and the Shrews substitute volleyed over Cousins into the top corner to score a stunning equaliser.
Murphy was introduced 15 minutes from time, but worryingly in place of Yusuff, who left the field holding his arm.
The forward, making his first league appearance in exactly eight months, looked bright and showed some nice touches on his return.
But Murphy couldn’t help find a late winner, although Porter did waste a great chance in the 90th minute when he couldn’t square to substitute Ashley Chambers who was free inside the box.
Then, deep into injury time, Mangan got past Doe and the defender tugged on the Shrews substitute, which was enough for Sheldrake to award a penalty.
The home players were down on their feet and visiting captain Lawrence stepped up and sent Cousins the wrong way to consign Burnett’s side to another late loss.
Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Batt, Doe, Saah, Green, Boucaud (Partridge 60), Bingham, Labadie, Porter, Cureton (Chambers 70), Yusuff (Murphy 75).
Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Connors, Goldberg, Hemmings.
Shrewsbury Town: Leutwiler, Grandison, Demetriou, Woods, Goldson, Collins, Lawrence (Griffith 90), Knight-Percival, Grant (Wesolowski 90), Grimmer, Akpa Akpro (Mangan 46).
Unused substitutes: Halstead, Vernon, Ellis, Clark.
Attendance: 1698 (299 Shrewsbury Town supporters).