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Dagenham & Redbridge
Elliott Justham
Liam Gordon
Matt Robinson (c)
Alex Davey

Hoyte '32

Luke Pennell

Adeloye '69

Alex McQueen
Elliott Romain
Ben Goodliffe
Will Wright
Noel Leighton

Reynolds '52

Ollie Harfield
Salford City FC
Chris Neal
Scott Wiseman
Ibou Touray
Carl Piergianni
Lois Maynard
Adam Rooney (c)
Danny Lloyd
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Tom Walker

Mafuta '63

Danny Whitehead
Nathan Pond
Rory Gaffney

Rodney '63

Lewis Moore
Harry Donovan
Lamar Reynolds
Tomi Adeloye
Gavin Hoyte
Max Crocombe
Gus Mafuta

Hogan '85

Liam Hogan
Nick Haughton
Devante Rodney
Manager - Peter Taylor
Manager - Graham Alexander
Match Officals
Referee - Lloyd Wood
Assistant Referee - Jonathon Block
Assistant Referee - Scott Williams
Fourth Official - Jordan Sandwell

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A clean-sheet and point at Dagenham & Redbridge may have seemed a fair return when the fixtures where released, but the Ammies will be disappointed with today’s draw. After almost entirely bossing the first half – crucially without finding the net – Danny Lloyd was shown a second yellow card shortly before the interval. The numerical disadvantage had an effect on a warm day in Essex but even so the feeling was that Salford should have had enough in the tank to see off very average opposition.

There were no changes from the side that beat Barrow in style on Bank Holiday Monday and the early signs were all positive at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium. The visitors created their first chance within 3 minutes as Lloyd’s left-footed cross from the right fell towards Adam Rooney. The Ammies’ leading scorer flicked on a right-of-centre header but the ball dropped wide of the far upright.

Salford had started well and a few minutes later Tom Walker and Ibou Touray combined on the left with the ball being worked through to Rory Gaffney. The Irish striker drilled in a low 20-yarder from left-of-centre but Daggers keeper Elliot Justham smothered that one at his near post.

Dagenham were already being forced onto their collective back foot and the Ammies won a couple of corners around the 10 minute mark. Walker delivered the first from the left and Carl Piergianni got in a header that deflected wide off a defender. Piergianni is a huge aerial threat from set pieces and he got to the second corner ahead of Luke Pennell only for the effort to drop wide of the keeper’s right-hand post.

Next to nothing had been seen of the home side as an attacking force but when another Salford foray forward broke down Ben Nunn pushed forward on the right. This was a promising situation for the Daggers but Nunn could only screw a 2-yarder from right-of-centre wide of Chris Neal’s left-hand post.

The Ammies were well on top but clear cut chances were eluding them as the home defence dug in. In the 19th minute Danny Whitehead’s ball inside found Lloyd whose left-footer from 30 yards forced Justham into a save, low to his right.

The pressure on Dagenham’s goal was growing and Justham had to be alert as Lloyd corner swung in from the left. The ball looked as if it might just drop underneath the bar until the Daggers keeper stretched to push it behind. Lloyd delivered the next corner from the same flank and this time the ball fell for Piergianni, on the edge of the 6-yard box and towards the far post. He tried to hook home but the effort deflected off a defender and over. Another corner and this time Piergianni got in a header that once more spun off a Dagenham player and then behind.

The 4th corner was cleared and for the first time this afternoon Dagenham began to pose something of a threat. Matt Robinson’s volleyed effort was easy for Neal and Elliot Romain claimed a penalty following a Piergianni challenge. The referee ignored his entreaties and a couple of minutes later Salford had the ball in the net.

Scott Wiseman’s cross from the right was a good one and in the middle Lois Maynard got up for a towering header. The ball seemed on course to drop just inside the well beaten Justham’s left-hand post and Gaffney arrived on the line to make sure, guiding the effort in on the line. The referee initially awarded the goal but then consulted his assistant before indicating a Daggers a free-kick. Gaffney, following up like a good striker should, had been adjudged offside when the Maynard put in the header and a deserved goal had to be chalked off.

Some bad luck there for Salford but it still felt like just a matter of time before they scored a goal that would count. Just a minute or so later Lloyd was booked after clipping Romain as the Dagenham man looked to set off on a run. It looked a touch harsh – the nippy Romain cut across Lloyd’s path – but that booking would soon have serious consequences for the visitors.

Meanwhile though the Daggers were forced to replace injured defender Alex Davey with Gavin Hoyte and Salford’s dominance continued. Touray advanced on the left before curling in a cross that the stretching Rooney could only head high and wide from towards the far post. Ten minutes before half-time another Touray cross picked out Rooney - beyond the far stick this time - and this time he headed back across goal. Gaffney seemed in pole position to nod home at Justham’s right-hand upright until Daggers defender Ben Goodliffe arrived in the nick of time to head over the bar. Goodliffe ended up entangled in the netting but it was a case of better him than the ball from Dagenham’s perspective.

Great defending from the Daggers number 5 but had and his colleagues had more to do. Rooney swapped passes with Lloyd on the edge of the area before poking a low effort from the left wide of Justham’s right-hand post. The Ammies nearly broke through within a few more seconds as Rooney’s deft header found Lloyd on the left and he tucked a pass back for Walker. From a central position and just over 20 yards out the former FC man hit a thunderous effort that would have troubled Justham had it not been bravely blocked by Robinson.

The pressure was pretty much unrelenting as the interval approached and Walker found Maynard in the 38th minute. The midfielder has been threatening a goal all season and here he hit a low effort from 25-yards that produced a good save from Justham, diving to his right to both stop and hold the ball.

More slick passing from Salford created yet another chance as Lloyd squared a ball to the left and into the path of Walker. Another chance to shoot from the middle and just outside the box but this time he got under an effort that rose high over the bar.

Things were looking pretty good for Salford but in the 42nd minute that earlier booking for Lloyd came back to roost. The former Stockport man chased a ball into the right-hand side of the box but appeared to have pushed it too far. There appeared to be a measure of contact from a covering defender but it didn’t look a penalty and Lloyd’s claims were viewed unsympathetically by the referee. He was shown a second yellow for simulation and the Ammies were faced with the prospect of playing 48 minutes, plus time added on, with a man short.

Not surprisingly the red card encouraged a Dagenham side that on another day could easily have been facing a two or three goal deficit. As it was the scores were level and Liam Gordon advanced on a left-of-centre run before having a shot blocked. During time added on the busy Romain found space for a shot from the edge of the box that was saved by Neal – it would have been rubbing salt into Ammie wounds had that one gone in.


The Ammies could have been ahead – or even home and dry – following their domination of the first half. A combination of dogged defending, bad luck and uncertain finishing had denied them an advantage and Lloyd’s dismissal opened up the prospect of a difficult second half.

For a time it looked as if Salford might cope pretty well as they enjoyed plenty of possession at the start of the second half. Gradually though the Daggers began to see a bit more of the ball and manager Peter Taylor introduced Lamar Reynolds for Noel Leighton in the 52nd minute.

Some work for Salford to do defensively but Piergianni and Pond had an indomitable look about them this afternoon, ably assisted by Wiseman and Touray. The pattern of the game was shifting in terms of possession perhaps but the Ammies still looked more dangerous than their opponents and nearly went ahead in the 56th minute.

The move started deep inside Salford territory as Maynard pinched possession from Goodliffe before advancing over the halfway line and slipping a pass to Whitehead on the right. A lofted cross-field pass found Gaffney on the far side of the box and he held up possession before nudging the ball back for Walker. Once again Tom’s sights were out as from left-of-centre and just over 20 yards out he could only lift a shot over the bar, but this was encouraging for the vocal travelling support.

Dagenham had a decent spell of pressure themselves after that although poor crosses and final balls tended to balk their attacking intentions. In the 57th minute an Alexander McQueen corner from the left dropped beyond the far post where Will Wright got his header all wrong, missing the target by yards.

A degree of genuine threat from the Daggers yet Salford still looked more likely to nick an opening goal. They came close on the hour when Gaffney held up play on the right before passing short to Whitehead. A low cross was drilled towards the edge of the 6-yard box where Rooney got in to poke towards goal. This looked to be ‘it’ for Salford but Justham had other ideas, producing a fantastic save to deny the Ammies’ striker.

Salford were soon pressing again and a spot of Rooney ball-juggling was finished off by a pass out to Whitehead on the right. His run to the line was followed by a low cross but with Gaffney waiting unmarked at the far post Justham was there again, getting down to intercept the pass.

Graham Alexander shuffled his pack soon after that, bringing on Gus Mafuta for Walker and Devante Rodney for Gaffney.

In the 64th minute Wiseman’s pass inside from the right found Whitehead who tried an optimistic effort from left-of-centre and a fair distance out. That one went well wide of Justham’s right-hand post and a game that had produced a decent number of Salford chances still awaited its first goal.

The Ammies almost unlocked the home defence a couple of minutes later as Maynard’s clever first-time touch into the left-hand side of the box was picked up by Rodney. The ball went back to Mafuta who passed to the right for Maynard – this could have been a cracker of a goal but again the shot lacked quality as a low effort went wide of the keeper’s right-hand upright.

Salford’s attacking efforts would become less frequent from this point and the home side began to ask some more questions as the game entered its final 15 minutes. The Daggers forced a couple of corners in quick succession and after the second Pond and Dagenham substitute Mark Skelton required treatment following a clash of heads.

Thirteen minutes from time Romain’s pass to the right was collected by McQueen whose cross was more than decent. Reynolds was on the end of it but from 10 yards out he could only direct a header straight at Neal.

There was a bit of a scare for the Ammies in the 80th minute after Ollie Harfield passed inside from the right for Reynolds who almost slalomed his way through the visiting defence. Balance and speed eventually caused him to topple to the turf but despite claiming a very unlikely penalty the referee kept his cards to himself and awarded nothing.

Salford were down to 9 men for a little while as Mafuta had treatment for an injury but a Daggers corner was dealt with as Touray headed clear. Mafuta came back on but looked uncomfortable and would soon be replaced by Liam Hogan but before that the Ammies created an opening. Whitehead made himself a yard of space outside the area but from just right-of-centre could only drag his effort wide of the far post.

The Daggers were looking to snatch a much-needed, if wholly undeserved win and had a chance to do that with 3 minutes to play. McQueen’s free-kick from the right was headed back across goal by Goodliffe at the far post. For once Salford's defence were left to watch but Tomi Adeloye’s nodded effort looped up and then down into the safe hands of Neal.

Other than that the Daggers failed to trouble their opponents in the remaining few minutes of normal time and 6 added on. During the first of that half-dozen Hogan’s pass found Rodney who turned the ball into the path of Whitehead. A crisp ball out to Touray on the left invited a cross but when it came in a defender got there just before Rodney to head the ball away.


Despite a first clean sheet of the season, a second away point and being a man down for more than half the game, Salford will have emerged a touch disappointed from this game. They were on top for virtually all of the first half yet didn’t really force Justham into too many difficult saves. The final ball was a little ill-judged at times and the finishing had a touch of profligacy about it before Lloyd’s dismissal changed the complexion of the game. Another good defensive performance though and the back 5 deserved that first shut-out.

Dagenham got bodies in the way, compacted the middle of the park and hardly raised the flicker of a threat before the break. They did a little better during the second half but in all honesty failed to crack open a resolute Salford defence. A second point of the season will be welcome for the Daggers but their lack of composure and quality in the final third might mean a hard season lies ahead of them.

As for Salford, the search for an away win goes on and will be resumed at AFC Fylde on Tuesday night. After the away trips we’ve had Mill Farm feels as if its at the bottom of Moor Lane in comparison but the opposition will – without a doubt – be much better. The Ammies showed enough today to suggest they can go to Fylde and get a result but we all know how fickle the footballing deities can be…

Attendance: 1,142 (85 from Salford)