REMY’S RASPER DENTS DAGGERS
Stubborn Magpies cling on
BOSS John Still was left satisfied with a point after Dagenham & Redbridge dominated the second half against hosts Maidenhead United – even though they could not find a way through to snatch all three points.
The Daggers were off the pace in the first half against a confident Magpies side unbeaten in their last four matches and with the conditions in their favour.
Moses Emmanuel and Sam Barratt were lively in and around the penalty area while Barratt’s long wind-assisted throw-ins were a powerful weapon for the hosts.
It was from a Barratt missile that full-back Remy Clerima managed to glance a header inside the far post on 39 minutes – his first ever goal for the club.
The Daggers came out for the second half on the front foot and deservedly levelled on 55 minutes when Michael Cheek fired into an empty after Magpies keeper Carl Pentney came for a ball at the top of his area but lost out to Morgan Ferrier who set up Cheek.
Still said: “I’m not disappointed with a point, although they scored with probably their only effort which was a deflection. The second half I thought we had the ascendancy, got the goal and it was a case of ‘can we get the other one’.
“But we became victims of our own superiority as they were defending so deep there wasn’t a lot of space.”
Indeed, Still’s side were the more likely to add to the scoreline after Cheek’s leveller, although the hosts had appeals for penalties waved away.
Substitute Fejiri Okenabirhie was almost the hero for the Daggers in the final minute but his shot narrowly missed the upright and the despairing lunge of Mason Bloomfield.
Magpies boss Alan Devonshire was more downbeat but pleased his side did not fold in the second period.
“I’m satisfied with a point with all the injuries we’ve got,” he added.
“I felt we could have gone in at half-time two-up, but the second half was not too good although our keeper’s not actually had a save to make.
“It was difficult to defend against the wind and we couldn’t get up the pitch like we wanted to.
“But we had our two strikers out and hopefully when we play Dagenham again we’ll have them fit.”
THE CHEEK OF IT! Michael Cheek slots home Dagenham’s equaliser after Remy Clerima, second left, is congratulated for scoring his first-ever goal for Maidenhead, inset