Dag & Red 0 Millwall 0: Daggers battle to fine FA Cup draw
League Two strugglers Dagenham earned an FA Cup third-round replay against shot-shy Millwall.
Lions boss Kenny Jackett has admitted his side's problems in front of goal have cost them this season and once again they drew a blank despite having the bulk of possession.
Jackett has brought in Tottenham youngster Harry Kane in a bid to find a cutting edge, but he was once again without top scorer Darius Henderson through injury.
Battle: Dagenham's Oluwafemi Ilesanmi and Millwall's Liam Feeney clash at Victoria Road
Kane and strike partner John Marquis
had plenty of half-chances but the npower Championship side could not
find a way past Dagenham goalkeeper Chris Lewington and will now have to
have another crack at The Den.
In a scrappy opening, Kane had the
first opportunity with a shot which Lewington held. Millwall, who have
won away just once in the league this season, should have taken the lead
just before the half-hour mark when Liam Trotter played in Liam Feeney
but the winger dragged his shot wide.
Lewington then saved from James
Henry, Kane planted a header over, and Marquis drilled an effort high
and wide with the Lions beginning to take control.
Dagenham's only opportunity of the
first half fell to Oluwafemi Ilesanmi, who blazed a couple of yards over
after a quarter of an hour.
Millwall survived a minor scare just
after the interval when goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall miskicked a backpass
but Brian Woodall could only cross the ball into an empty goalmouth and
the chance disappeared.
Cup clash: Dagenham manager John Still (left) and a battle between Jon Nurse and Millwall's Alan Dunne (right)
At the other end Marquis fired wide
again, Kane headed Scott Barron's cross straight into the arms of
Lewington and Darren Ward's header was blocked by Abu Ogogo.
Trotter should have broken the deadlock on the hour from another Barron delivery but put his header inches over the crossbar.
Millwall thought they could have had a
penalty when Trotter tumbled in the area but referee Graham Salisbury
was not interested. Trotter then played in substitute Josh McQuoid but
his effort was deflected wide.
One bright spot for Millwall was the
return of striker Shaun Batt as a late substitute, 18 months after he
suffered a cruciate injury in a pre-season friendly.
For Dagenham, Jon Nurse's header was
saved by Mildenhall and Millwall skipper Paul Robinson had to block a
shot from Billy Bingham.
But neither side was capable of
making a breakthrough on a blustery afternoon, and the Daggers will now
make the short trip south of the river after securing a hard-earned