October 2, 2012
Honours even at Vale Park
Jennison Myrie-Williams fired his fifth goal of the season to earn a 1-1 draw for second-placed Port Vale after an error by goalkeeper Chris Neal had handed visitors Dagenham and Redbridge the lead.
Much of the first-half was a hard fought and scrappy affair with Neal and visiting goalkeeper Chris Lewington largely redundant.
Vale did build up a head of steam towards half-time as Ashley Vincent and then two attempts from Tom Pope finally warmed Lewington's fingers.
But it was the visitors who took the lead following a 72nd-minute mistake by Neal, who was Vale's hero in Saturday's victory at Bradford.
Luke Howell's powerfully struck 30-yard shot was fired straight at Neal, but the ball slipped through his fingers and rolled over the line.
Howell then blasted a much easier chance over the top from 12 yards just seconds later and the miss proved costly as Myrie-Williams levelled in the 75th minute.
Dagenham failed to clear from a goal-mouth scramble and the Vale winger drove a fierce shot which Lewington touched but couldn't keep out of the bottom right-hand corner of his net.
An expected avalanche of pressure from Vale failed to materialise and substitute Dwight Gayle should have won it for the visitors when he blazed high and wide with the goal at his mercy.
|Port Vale||Dagenham & Redbridge|
|1 Chris Neal||1 Chris Lewington|
|24 Richard Duffy||6 Michael Spillane|
|5 John McCombe||4 Scott Doe|
|14 Clayton McDonald||2 Luke Wilkinson|
|7 Doug Loft||3 Oluwafemi Ilesanmi|
|9 Jennison Myrie-Williams||17 Luke Howell|
|23 Ryan Burge||12 Medy Elito|
|18 Sam Morsy||19 Abu Ogogo|
|8 Louis Dodds||24 Billy Bingham|
|10 Ashley Vincent||10 Joshua Scott|
|11 Tom Pope||7 Sam Williams|
|12 Sam Johnson.||Jordan Seabright 30|
|6 Gareth Owen||Gavin Hoyte 18|
|2 Adam Yates||Danny Green 21|
|15 Chris Shuker||Matthew Saunders 15|
|3 Robert Taylor||Jake Reed 14|
|22 Ryan Lloyd||Brian Woodall 23|
|19 Ben Williamson||Dwight Gayle 20|
|Chris Shuker for Ryan Burge (60)||Danny Green for Joshua Scott (64)|
|Ben Williamson for Louis Dodds (67)||Dwight Gayle for Billy Bingham (77)|
|Adam Yates for Richard Duffy (77)|
|Sam Williams (10)|
|Michael Spillane (90)|
|· Squads: Port Vale | Dagenham & Redbridge|