FULL TIME: DAGENHAM 3ROTHERHAM UNITED 2

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ROTHERHAM United were beaten 3-2 at Deagenham and Redbridge despite dominating the game - and they had Michael Raynes sent off near the end to add to their woes.

The absence of Mullins, to a hamstring injury, saw the captain’s armband retaken by Harrison on his return.

He was in his usual midfield spot with Bradley at right back which meant, with ex-Doncaster man Naylor in there too, yet another different back four to add to the numerous others so far.

Out on the right it was a debut for Kieron Cadogan who comes from South London and had family and friends in the crowd.

Grabban might have done better with a heading opportunity and then he should have put Rotherham in front with a great chance.

When Raynes headed back a goal kick Grabban was onto it and went completely clear of the last defender. He seemed sure to score as he sized up his options but then struck his shot against the advancing keeper.

A corner resulted and when it came over, Revell nodded down, Naylor had a shot blocked and Taylor saw his effort on the turn from 12 yards well saved by Lewington. Then Grabban saw him steered a header wide.

Rotherham finally got the ball to Cadogan but his attempt to find the overlapping Bradley was cut out.

Then the new winger might have set up the opener. Receiving from Revell, he moved inside to put over a superb left foot cross and there was real danger only for Grabban and the incoming Harrison to get in each other’s way as they both went for the header and the Daggers survived.

It was no surprise when Rotherham went in front on 28 minutes.

Cadoga‘s intelligent pass sent Grabban up the right and from his centre Wood was blocked off six yards out.

But the pressure stayed on and when the ball came back in, Revell was beaten to it only for the clearance to bounce away towards the edge of the area where HARRISON quickly sized things up and lifted his shot high beyond the keeper and into the far corner and right in front of the jubilant Rotherham supporters.

The lead was almost extended when Revell struck a volley from 22 yards which brought an excellent one-handed save from Lewingto.

Brilliant work from Cadogan looked to have set up a goal for Grabban but as the top scorer pounced ready to sidefoot home from six yards, Spillane threw himself in front to block the shot at the moment that Grabban pulled the trigger.

HALF-TIME

Dagenham.............0

Rotherham............ 1

The home side, clearly second best in the first half, were back level five minutes into this half.

Spillane struck a diagonal free kick towards the far post and NURSE got in front of Bradley as the ball cleared Naylor to send a diving header beyond keeper Taylor.

Grabban got in behind the defence yet again but Lewington bravely went down at his feet to deny him.

Raynes was incredibly calm as he chested the ball back to his keeper from inside the six yard area despite being under severe pressure.

Grabban had been a real problem for the home side and when he moved on to a ball from Revell he appeared to be pulled and he went down but the penalty claim he made was waved away.

Then after Dagenham incredibly turned the game their way by going in front, the stunned Millers hit back to equalise inside 60 seconds.

Dagenham went in front on 62 minutes following a quick break and a shot by Ogogo from the edge of the area deflected off Bradley into his own net.

But in the next minute Rotherham hit back when former Daggers player Griffiths delivered a superb first time cross from the left and REVELL rose to head home.

Dagenham somehow hung on with Harrison having a header cleared near the line and then Grabban’s effort deflected inches wide.

Wood had a shot deflected into the side netting and then Taylor saw the keeper divert his effort. A Millers goal looked on the cards but, remarkably, it was Dagenham who went in front with 13 minutes to go.

From a right side corner, centre back DOE flashed home a header at the near post. The Millers couldn’t believe.

Raynes was sent off for a second booking after a skirmish in the Dagenham area.

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