“We were gutted we couldn’t hang on to beat Charlton”

PUBLISHED: 14:30 18 June 2015

Former Dagenham & Redbridge man Mark Janney in action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Former Dagenham & Redbridge man Mark Janney in action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Former Dagger Mark Janney relives classic cup tie from 2001

Dagenham & Redbridge will be hoping to draw on past experiences after being drawn away to Charlton Athletic in the first round of the League Cup.

Back in 2001, the Daggers travelled to The Valley for an FA Cup third round clash with the Addicks, who were then in the top flight of English football.

The away fans were sent into raptures when Junior McDougald put them 1-0 up shortly before half time and almost had a glorious chance in the dying minutes to double the lead only for Mark Janney’s cross to narrowly evade him.

With just four minutes left on the clock, John Salako scored to force a reply and prevent Dagenham from becoming the first non-league side to beat a Premier League side in the FA Cup.

Despite the heartbreak, Janney still has fond memories of the east Londoners big day out south of the river.

“It was a brilliant day. It was the first time I had experienced that sort of bulild up with all the press but I loved it,” he said.

Salako’s goal meant the teams would meet at Victoria Road three weeks later, with the Daggers again being resolute against the higher-quality opposition.

But they were finally undone by a Shaun Newton goal in extra time which ended their cup fairytale.

And while the tie did not end the way he wanted, Janney, who later went on to play for Hornchurch, says the team were still happy with what they achieved against their Premier League opponents.

The former midfielder added: “We played well against them in both matches. At times it was like a league game, it was end to end stuff.

“We matched them throughout both matches and while we were again gutted with the final result, we were proud of our display across both games.”

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