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Northampton Town 1-0 Dagenham and Redbridge
Saturday, December 26th 2009
Substitute Billy McKay was the hero at Sixfields after another game of missed penalty drama and a winning goal that crept over the goal line to hand Ian Sampson’s men a first league win since late October.
Sammo will be hoping that McKay is keen to impress as the January transfer window looms large with the Cobblers boss stressing that some players will be put up for transfer and loan in the coming month. The former Leicester man will be hoping that this strike lends his cause some hope as well as giving us a much, much needed three points.
The game was dead in the opening exchanges with both sides failing to put anything decent together in terms of goal scoring chances. It took until the thirty fifth minute for anything decent to come about when Adebayo Akinfenwa turned and shot wide of the post.
It was the Cobblers who at least managed to get something going before half time as Ryan Gilligan’s deflected shot was saved well by Tony Roberts in the Daggers’ goal but it was goalless at the break.
Dagenham came out of the blocks better in the second half and Peter Gain’s effort was stopped by Chris Dunn, with a slight deflection on the shot.
Bayo went close again before the visitors hit the cross bar mid way through the second half as Adam Miller rattled the woodwork. Courtney Herbert headed over at the other end before Andy Holt was penalised for hand ball inside the area and Dagenham had a golden chance to take the lead from the spot. But Mark Arber skied the penalty and the game remained 0-0 going into the final stages.
The stage was then set for an unlikely final as substitute McKay’s powerful shot crept in past Roberts in the 88th minute and we had pulled out a win from the hat to finally give us some winter cheer!
There was still time for Andy Holt to be sent off for his second bookable offence but there was no time for the Daggers to get back in the game. After a couple of months of discontent we’ll take any sort of win at the moment and particularly against an in form Dagenham side.
Luck shone on Sixfields this afternoon and my word have we been waiting for that!