Ze­broski cracker shows he be­longs

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Nick How­son

JUSTIN Ed­in­burgh couldn’t mark his Es­sex home­com­ing with New­port County’s first away league win since re­turn­ing to the Football League but saw Chris Ze­broski hit a goal fit for of any level in the draw with Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge.

Ze­broski fin­ished ex­pertly on 25 min­utes but the Ex­iles were left to rue sev­eral spurned chances as Dag­gers skip­per Abu Ogogo con­verted Justin Hoyte’s cross be­fore the hour.

The hosts could have won it but An­drew Hughes cleared sub­sti­tute Afolabi Obafemi’s ef­fort, leav­ing Ed­in­burgh, whose side visit Pre­mier League West Brom in the Cap­i­tal One Cup in the week, feel­ing con­tent.

“I do feel as if we’d got that sec­ond goal then we could have put the game to bed but un­for­tu­nately it didn’t come,” he said.

“We started the sec­ond-half well but we even­tu­ally we lost a foothold in it and we be­came a bit deeper and stretched and Da­gen­ham de­served their equaliser.

“We’re buoyed by our start to the sea­son and this was a good point. For the way we started and dom­i­nated we were wor­thy of an ex­tra goal but it’s a pre­car­i­ous score­line 1-0.We’re learn­ing that you have to be a bit more clin­i­cal at this level.”

Ed­in­burgh re­turned to the county of his birth as Da­gen­ham and New­port squared off in the pair’s first of­fi­cial fix­ture. The vis­i­tors be­gan bet­ter with Chris­tian Jol­ley and Ze­broski or­ches­trat­ing the opener af­ter 25 min­utes.

Jol­ley dis­pos­sessed Josh Scott, found Adam Chap­man whose threaded pass picked out Ze­broski and the for­merWy­combe striker beat two de­fend­ers be­fore find­ing the cor­ner.

Da­gen­ham in­tro­duced new sign­ing Zavon Hines and Billy Bing­ham at half­time and as New­port con­tin­ued to miss op­por­tu­ni­ties, the al­ter­ations paid div­i­dends as Ogogo turned in Hoyte’s cross.

A whirl­wind fi­nale saw Lee Min­shull twice miss from close range ei­ther side of Hughes’ clear­ance.

“I think we were for­tu­nate,” said Da­gen­ham boss Wayne Bur­nett.“They scored and rightly scored and they had a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to score and they could have been two or three goals up and I’ve got no com­plaints about that.

“They were clev­erer than us, stronger than us, they out­mus­cled us so I’ve got no com­plaints with that. They have a good team, Justin has got them work­ing well.

“They get a lot of peo­ple be­hind the ball but they get a lot of peo­ple for­ward.

“Mo­men­tum is a fan­tas­tic thing and I think they’ve car­ried it on from last sea­son and they’ve a tough team.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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