Roberts is spot on at Stanley
GOALKEEPER Tony Roberts celebrated his 400th appearance for Dagenham & Redbridge in style by saving Andy Procter s last-minute penalty to earn his side a point at Accrington Stanley on Saturday. With time running out, captain for the day Magnus Okuonghae
GOALKEEPER Tony Roberts celebrated his 400th appearance for Dagenham & Redbridge in style by saving Andy Procter's last-minute penalty to earn his side a point at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
With time running out, captain for the day Magnus Okuonghae handled a fierce drive in the penalty area, and referee Carl Boyeson pointed to the spot.
Proctor's effort was low and to the keepers right, but Roberts held on well to earn the praise from his manager John Still.
"It was Tony's 400th appearance and he topped it with saving a penalty," said the boss.
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"I didn't think it was a penalty - it was a joke - so justice has been done. Tony loves his football and has a fantastic attitude.
"Being the visitors and with the last minute penalty, it is a good point for us. Now we have got 14 games left and it is just for us to keep hanging in there as it is a dream for this club is being talked about as play-off contenders."
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Daggers were once again restricted by injuries as skipper Mark Arber was out, as was club captain Anwar Uddin.
That meant Danny Foster moved over to centre half, while striker Jon Nurse dropped back to full back and Wesley Thomas earned his first start up front.
Sam Saunders and Ben Strevens went close in the first half, while Paul Mullen hit the woodwork in the second half, but Still was relived to come away with a point.
"We were decimated by injuries and I was pleased with the performance. It was a hard game on a bumpy pitch so I have got to be happy," he concluded.
Daggers: Roberts, Nurse, Okuonghae, Foster , Griffiths, Saunders, Southam, Loft, Ritchie, Thomas, Strevens.
Subs not used: Hogan, Charge, Montgomery, Taiwo, Tejan-Sie.