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Monday, March 14, 2011

Big Match Review - Swindon 1 Dagenham 1

Swindon Town 1-1 Dagenham & Redbridge
Saturday March 12, County Ground (Att: 7,864)

A late goal from Jon Nurse prevented relegation-threatened Swindon Town from gaining their first win under Paul Hart as Dagenham & Redbridge continued their own quest against the drop.

Chances were at a premium early on, with the home side's best effort coming from David Prutton who saw Tony Roberts block his attempt after being put through by Mike Grella.

The Londoners went close, too, as Grella was called into action at the other end of the field to block a shot from Danny Green.

The Robins took the lead just before the interval as Grella ran onto a long kick forward from Smith and held off the attention of Abu Ogogo to lob the ball over Roberts and into the net.

Dagenham pressed for a leveller in the second period with Smith being forced into saves from Nurse and Bas Savage.

Hart's men then almost sealed the points when Roberts tipped wide a shot from Matt Ritchie and, from the resulting corner, the visitors had to clear a Scott Cuthbert header off the line.

However, Town were to be denied a vital three points with just seven minutes remaining. They failed to clear a long throw and, when the ball was put back into the box, Nurse deflected the ball past Smith with his head.

The Wiltshire side were frustrated late on, feeling they should have been awarded a penalty, but were forced to settle for a draw.

It ensured the Daggers remain outside the drop zone on goal difference. Swindon, while still deep in trouble, can at least console themselves with having moved off the bottom.

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