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IN the end 46 games came down to one afternoon, but eventually – five minutes after full-time – both Dagenham & Redbridge and York City survived.
Chris Smith’s second-half goal had already secured York’s safety, but the Daggers were left waiting for confirmation of Barnet’s defeat.
Dagenham’s interim manager Wayne Burnett said:“I’ve not slept for the whole of this week. Things go through your mind. The last four or five weeks have been a long four or five weeks.
“But the goal was to stay in the Football League and we’ve managed to do that.
“I’ve got mixed feelings. I’m delighted we’ve stayed up, but over the last three or four games I’ve been really disappointed.
“We’ve had so many chances and we haven’t converted them. We should have been safe a lot longer.
“We stayed up last season on 50 points with a far more experienced side.We lost three of our strikers and, I don’t care who you are, that’ll make it very, very difficult.
“Hopefully I’ll be here next season and hopefully we can do better.We’re going to sit down and have a chat with the board and take it from there.”
York’s survival owes much to a late resurgence under Nigel Worthington in which they won four of their last five games.
Worthington said: “It's a great achievement by the players and for the football club and all the supporters.
“The players have worked hard and they’ve done what we asked them to do and we’ve got some very good results. They’ve come on leaps and bounds since we’ve come in.
“We were under the cosh in the first-half. I don’t think we played as well as we have done, but one thing we have gained over the last few games is some resilience.
“I didn’t have a clue about the other results. One goal is never really enough, but if you don’t get another you’ll gladly take the one.”
The most significant action of the first half for both sides came away from Victoria Road, when Torquay went behind against Bristol Rovers.
That meant a draw was more likely to be sufficient for both. But a goal would leave one side in a very precarious position.
It nearly came for Dagenham when Brian Woodall clipped the outside of the post with a free-kick that just failed to bend back enough.
Woodall forced an excellent save from Michael Ingham early in the second half, but the Minstermen took the potentially crucial lead shortly thereafter.
Ingham’s long free-kick caused havoc in the penalty area and eventually Smith bundled the ball home.
With Wimbledon and Torquay going ahead at a similar time, the Daggers were on the precipice. But Barnet slipped behind and that, on goal dif
ference, was just enough.
HAPPY CHAPS: Chris Smith celebrates with teammates
MICHA EL M INGHA