Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Morecambe

Jack Sampson crosses under pressure against Dagenham.
Jack Sampson crosses under pressure against Dagenham.
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Morecambe added to their reputation as the Football League’s “Comeback Kings” with a last-minute Mark Hughes goal earning them a point at Dagenham on Saturday.

The Shrimps have now taken 31 points from a losing position - more than any other club in the country - after going behind in an incredible 27 games this year - a fact Sky TV presenter Jeff Stelling apparently revels in most Saturday afternoons.

And this game game was similar to many of those as the Daggers were handed the lead through the harshest of penalty decisions before the Shrimps raised their game and took a battling point with a smart finish from the skipper who was pushed up front for the dying stages of the game.

The first half saw Dagenham look the more threatening side with Medy Elito in particular causing the Morecambe defence all sorts of problems down the left.

The home side looked the sharper at the start and their first effort came on five minutes with a Luke Norris free-kick forcing a superb save from Barry Roche low to his right after the ball had worked its way under the Morecambe wall.

Four minutes later Daggers’ defender Scott Doe nipped in front of his marker to head an Elito corner inches over the bar at the near post.

The pressure continued as Norris headed straight at Roche from a good opening before Adebayo Azeez wasted another excellent chance with a poor header from six yards out.

It took Morecambe, who lost Stewart Drummond to a nasty foot injury, 25 minutes to produce a threat of any note as Joe McGee, in the side for the suspended Andy Fleming, let fly with a volley from 25 yards that dipped inches over the bar.

The Shrimps started the second half well but were rocked by a controversial penalty decision when Luke Norris’ volley hit Chris McCready’s arm and the referee pointed to the spot despite the fact that McCready could have done little to get out of the way.

Star man Elito took the kick and slotted it past Roche’s left hand to give the Daggers the advantage.

But, as has so often been the case this season, the goal was the spark needed to see Morecambe raise their game.

Jack Redshaw was brought from the bench and his presence made a huge difference, proving a constant threat.

Just moments after being introduced Redshaw forced home keeper Chris Lewington into his first save of the game with a curling shot from just inside the box that was heading for the bottom left-hand corner.

Redshaw then went even closer in the closing stages of the game with a snapshot from 12 yards out that beat Lewington but was cleared off the line by home defender Doe.

The Shrimps’ pressure finally paid off in the final minute of normal time when a long ball forward was flicked on by Padraig Amond and Hughes showed great composure when it mattered to slot the ball under Lewington to take the Shrimps another point closer to League 2 safety.

Dagenham: Lewington, Hoyte, Doe, Saah, Ilesanmi, Ogogo, Howell, Chambers (Shields 79), Elito (Dickson 88), Norris (Bingham 79), Azeez. Subs not used: D’Ath, Gayle, Connors, Seabright.

Morecambe: Roche, Parrish, McCready, Hughes, Threlfall, Kenyon, Drummond (Wright 24), McGee (Redshaw 59), Devitt (Amond 84), Sampson, Ellison. Subs not used: Arestidou, Diagne, Marshall, Williams.

Referee: T Robinson.

Attendance: 1,718

Star man: Andy Wright