15:51 Saturday 15 February 2014

FULL-TIME: Burton Albion 1, Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Written byDavid Broome

BILLY Kee rescued a draw on a frustrating afternoon for Burton Albion as they drew 1-1 at home to 10-man Dagenham & Redbridge today.

Lawson D'Ath's thumping strike gave the visitors a hardly-deserved half-time lead at the Pirelli Stadium, but they then saw Jack Connors sent off for two yellow card offences on the lively Zeli Ismail.

Substitute Kee brought them level with a decent finish, but they could not find the winner.

Gary Rowett made just the one change from the team who won 1-0 at Morecambe last weekend, as the matchwinner from that game - Ismail - moved from the bench to the starting line-up.

He replaced Alex MacDonald, while there was no Zander Diamond among the substitutes, and Rob Lainton kept his place in goal ahead of Dean Lyness.

Burton bossed the first half, and had a number of good chances to open the scoring, primarily coming from their left flank.

Jimmy Phillips' cross met Ismail at the back post, but his header was weak, before Phillips had a go himself, cutting inside onto Gary Alexander's lay-off but seeing his shot blocked.

After Robbie Weir had blazed over when well-placed, the best chance of the half fell to Matthew Palmer, after some great work from McGurk to set him up, but the youngster shot narrowly wide.

After the Brewers had racked up the lion's share of possession and chances, but once again not made it count, they were made to pay on the stroke of half-time as Medy Elito fed D'Ath, who took aim from 25 yards and boomed a powerful shot past home debutant Lainton.

Dagenham started the second half well, but once Connors saw red, failed to muster another meaningul attack.

The Brewers cranked up the pressure and equalised with a move that started from Lainton.

He threw the ball out to Ismail, who swung in across the pitch to Phillips, and when he fed Kee, the striker turned quickly and placed the ball past Chris Lewington.

But though the hosts had a number of chances to snatch victory, principally through the lightning-toed Ismail, they could not find a second goal.

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