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14:59 26th March 2011

Owls earn Daggers point

Wednesday came away from Victoria Road with a point after a 1-1 draw against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Gary Teale put the Owls in front after 17 minutes with a header from inside the six yard box from Michael Morrison's long throw.

But the home side equalised with ten minutes left on the clock from the penalty spot as Danny Green converted from 12 yards.

After a scrappy opening five minutes it was Owls keeper Richard O'Donnell who had the first save to make.

Mark Reynolds sliced his high clearance into the danger zone and gave the youngster an early test but O'Donnell confidently punched clear.

Dagenham went into the clash undefeated in five, with three wins, and started positively but it was Wednesday who bagged the first goal after 17 minutes.

A long throw into the area from Michael Morrison allowed Rob Jones to flick on into the six yard box for Teale who nodded home from close range.

The Daggers looked for an immediate response and forced Wednesday to defend a flurry of corners.

Bas Savage came close to pouncing on a loose ball in the area after the Owls had partially cleared from a flag kick, but O'Donnell was quick to react and gathered the ball.

Wednesday continued to soak up pressure as the home side went close from another corner.

The ball sat up nicely in the area for Mark Arber, but the Dagger's captain could only connect with fresh air seven yards out.

The home side had a penalty claim waved away five minutes before the break when Green went down under Reynold's challenge in the area.

Dagenham had a goal disallowed when Damien McCrory flung a long ball into the area but Jon Nurse's challenge on O'Donnell, which resulted in the ball rolling over the line, was deemed a foul by the referee.

Wednesday made a bright start to the second period and Teale went close again but Chris Sedgwick's looped ball into the box was just out of reach of the winger.

O'Donnell was called into action ten minutes after the restart but saved well from Nurse's header six yards from goal.

Dagenham were enjoying spells of possession in Wednesday's half but the visitor's were proving a difficult unit to break down.

Gary Madine was an effective figure up front for the Owls and held the ball up well in the final third as well as chipping in with defensive duties - as he made a key interception in the area from Green's cross.

But disaster struck with 12 minutes to go as Dagenham were awarded a controversial penalty as Sedgwick was adjudged to have blocked Darren Currie's strike with his arm and Green stepped up to convert the penalty.

Darren Potter's fierce drive from the restart brought a stunning save from Dagger's keeper Tony Roberts and Madine's effort on the rebound appeared to strike a Dagenham hand but no penalty was awarded.

In the aftermath, Gary Megson was sent to the stands by the match official but Wednesday had a golden chance to retake the lead moments later.

Sedgwick teed up Tommy Miller from close range but Dagenham had bodies back in numbers to block out for a corner.

Wednesday had most of the play in the five minutes of added time but had to settle for a point in East London.

Dagenham: Roberts, McCrory, Doe, Arber, Green, Nurse, Scannell (Currie 71), Savage (Lancaster 63), Ogogo, Vincelot, Gain

Unused substitutes: Lewington, Antwi, Ifil, Lee, Morgan

Owls: O'Donnell, M Morrison, Batth, R Jones, Reynolds (Buxton 67), Teale, O'Brien, Miller (O'Connor 90), Potter, Sedgwick, Madine

Unused substitutes: Lee Nicholls, J Johnson, C Morrison, Mellor, Heffernan

    Data provided by Press Association


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