Harris: Late goal was no injustice

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE assistant manager Terry Harris felt his side were worthy of their point at Chesterfield on Saturday, writes MIKE SIMMONDS. The home side had taken the lead through Martin Gritton in the second half, but Daggers fought back to equalise

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE assistant manager Terry Harris felt his side were worthy of their point at Chesterfield on Saturday, writes MIKE SIMMONDS.

The home side had taken the lead through Martin Gritton in the second half, but Daggers fought back to equalise in stoppage time through Sam Saunders.

Ben Strevens could have even nicked victory, but hit the post with seconds remaining, and Harris was delighted with his side's character.

"I felt we deserved the goal right at the death, it's a very, very good result," he said.


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"We went one down against the run of play but in the second half we were excellent, the best we've played for weeks.

"Jamie Guy hit the bar, Tommy Lee made three of four very good saves, and you have to give credit to Chesterfield, they defended well."

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Daggers threw everything at their hosts in the second half, with keeper Tony Roberts even going forward late on to try and snatch an equaliser.

He was in the Spireites penalty area when Saunders scored, much to the amusement of Harris.

"He (Tony) was telling me about his run across the near post that took all the defenders away and made the goal for Sam," chuckled the assistant.

"If you're going to get beat one, then you might as well get beat two. We just tried to force something in from the scrap at the corner."

Chesterfield boss Lee Richardson was naturally frustrated with the late leveller, but conceded Daggers had deserved something for their efforts.

"`I think it illustrates the nature of this division. Matches are so tight at times and when you are only one goal in front there's always concern," he said.

``But I think we must have conceded close to double figures in points now through injury-time goals. To be fair to Dagenham they had four or five good chances and there were one or two close scrapes before they scored."

The result meant Daggers are now unbeaten in 11 games away from Victoria Road in the league, a fact that gave great pride to Harris.

"It's a tremendous feat," he admitted.

"We need to really kick on now in our home games now. There are eight games to go, it's an eight game season for us now."

Were Daggers worthy of a point? Email: sport@ilfordrecorder.co.uk

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