Sunday May 30, 2010 Final Finished Wembley

Dagenham & Redbridge 3 - 2 Rotherham United

  • Benson 38’
  • Green 56’
  • Nurse 70’
  • Taylor 39’, 61’

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  1. Daggers clinch play-off final thriller

    Daggers clinch play-off final thriller

    Dagenham & Redbridge secured promotion to League One with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Rotherham in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Dagenham & Redbridge
    • Rotherham United
    • - Historic day for Dagenham, heartbreak for Rotherham, and a tremendous play-off final. Thanks for joining our live text commentary, see you next season!
    • 90+4' It goes wide! DAGENHAM AND REDBRIDGE ARE PROMOTED!
    • 90+4' Rotherham are pumping the ball into the box, and Roberts is punching them all clear. They force a corner though, and Warrington is going up for it...
    • 90+3' Shocking challenge from Vincelot in the middle of the pitch, who is incredible lucky not to be sent off for that!
    • 90+2' It's all Rotherham though, and Dagenham's attacking intent has finally been replaced with pragmatism. Two minutes to go...
    • 90+1' Spine-tingling stuff at Wembley, Dagenham are minutes away from a historic result...
    • 90' There's going to be 4 minutes of added time!
    • 89' Rotherham are pushing everyone forward, but Marshall's fancy footwork isn't quite fancy enough to beat two defenders, and time is running out for the Millers!
    • 88' Dagenham are still playing well here, hunting for a decisive fourth goal rather than sitting back on the one goal advantage! Commendable
    • 87' The freekick is swung in, but Dagenham's offside trap is timed to perfection
    • 86' Very cynical challenge from Romain Vincelot on Gavin Gunning wide on the Rotherham left. Deserved yellow card
    • 85' Change for Rotherham, with the lively Ellison off for Abdulai Bell-Baggie
    • 84' Green's long throw causes havoc in the Rotherham box, with Warrington chasing the high ball to punch and completely missing. Dagenham fail to get the ball into the empty net, but the Rotherham defence is looking more and more creaky
    • 83' Dagenham make their second change, with Joshua Scott making way for Phil Walsh
    • 82' Ellison reaches the byline well, and loops a high cross in with his left foot. It hangs in the air but Marshall gets his head on it and sends it just wide of the right post
    • 80' Marshall breaks on the right, and swings in a low cross in front of the keeper which is just about cleared by Arber
    • 79' Montgomery has acres of space on the left, and fresh legs to run with, but decides the square the ball without looking and there's no one anywhere near it. Waste
    • 78' Scott picks up the ball deep in his own half on the right, and clears nervously into the stands
    • 77' Rotherham throw everyone forward for a freekick just inside the Dagenham half. They're chucking the kitchen sink at Dagenham now, who will fancy themselves on the break!
    • 76' Rotherham gamble, and bring on Marcus Marshall for Pablo Mills. The Millers have three strikers on the pitch now, can they come back again?
    • 76' Green shoots from range on the right, and forces yet another Dagenham corner. Rotherham manage to clear though
    • 75' And Benson's becoming a real handful up front now, forcing another corner after his shot from the right was deflected. It's all Dagenham
    • 74' Again, Rotherham don't deal with it well, and Dagenham pick up the ball again deep in the Rotherham half
    • 73' Good run from Benson down the right, but an even better sliding challenge from Fenton blocks the cross for a corner
    • 72' And it's Nurse who'll make way, Graeme Montgomery to replace him
    • 71' Nurse is down for Dagenham, as the yellows appear to be lining up a change
    • 70' Soft, soft goal for Rotherham to concede with so much at stake. The Chuckle Brothers are looking pretty glum in the stands...
    • 69' Green whips it in, and Rotherham fail to deal with it! NURSE IT THERE TO PROD IT IN! GOAL! 3-2!
    • 68' Dagenham force a corner on the right
    • 67' Almost total football from Rotherham! Nicky Law fakes a shot on the edge of the area but dinks the ball left to Ellison, who can't connect as he'd like on then volley
    • 66' It's just starting the get scrappy now, with the ball bobbling around the centre of the pitch. Rotherham get it under control first though, and are passing well around the halfway line now
    • 65' The ball is swung in to the far stick! Fenton rises highest to head clear of Nurse though! Wonderful defending almost on his goalline
    • 64' Agogo needs a change of shirt, as Dagenham prepare for a freekick just inside the Rotherham half
    • 63' Gritty display from Rotherham, coming back twice from a goal down. Can they get their nose in front though?
    • 62' Rotherham break again with Le Fondre, and have a three on two with Taylor and Law alongside him. he picks out Taylor in the centre, but this time the touch lets him down on the edge of the area! Dagenham clear
    • 61' Taylor goes in the book for taking his shirt off in the celebrations, but won't care one bit
    • 60' Wonderful attacking football from Rotherham, who attack down the left with Nicky Law. He crosses from the byline to Ryan Taylor, who takes a touch AND RIFLES THE BALL LOW PAST TONY ROBERTS! GOAL! 2-2!
    • 59' Rotherham look to respond though, and sweep the ball in to Danny Harrison at the far post. The ball comes off his shin and HITS THE BAR! SO CLOSE FOR ROTHERHAM!
    • 58' Warrington claims a high ball, and hoofs it long looking for Taylor. He looked invincible after those two first half saves, but is twice beaten now
    • 56' Dagenham captain Arber immediately points to his head, looking for a better response from his teammates than after their first goal! Green obviously isn't looking, as he immediately clatters into a challenge from behind, and picks up the third booking of the match
    • 55' Green picks up the ball on the edge of the area from Rotherham's headed clearance, and shifts right. He lines up a shot with his right boot AND SCORES! What a strike! The ball travels through the defender's legs, past Warrington's flailing right arm, and into the bottom right corner!
    • 54' Taylor is looking increasingly menacing for Rotherham, but Dagenham pick the ball off him and will look to break
    • 53' Taylor challenges Arber from behind in the Daggers' box, but the Rotherham striker concedes a foul for leading with an arm in the back
    • 52' Ellison builds up a head of steam on the break down the left, but Ogogo times his interception perfectly to take man and ball
    • 51' Green launches another long throw for the Daggers, and again Warrington gets to it first. It's been pretty ineffectual so far, the long throw
    • 49' Le Fondre almost breaks clear but is called offside by the linesman! The replay shows that to be a shocker of a decision (which is presumably what Le Fondre is making clear to the referee at the moment...)
    • 48' Benson has all the time in the world to swing a ball in from the left, but his right-foot curler flies straight into the keeper's hands
    • 47' Solid start for the yellows, whose game plan at the start of this half looks to be attack attack attack!
    • 46' Green looks lively again on the right, but is kicked off the ball by Nick Fenton, who is a lucky boy to stay out of the referee's book! Dagenham have a freekick wide right, but it's too long and Rotherham have a goal kick
    • 45' We're back underway in the second half! Rather unsurprisingly, neither side has made a change of personnel at half time. If this half is as good as the first, we're in for a treat...
    • 45+1' Rotherham attack through Ellison, but again the shot is blocked and Dagenham break. Benton tries a fancy turn in the box but loses the ball, and the ref blows for half time
    • 45' Quality run from Vincelot into space in the middle of the pitch, but his diagonal ball wide finds a red shirt
    • 44' There'll be a couple of minutes added on for stoppages, and I don't think anyone in the stadium wants half time to come!
    • 43' Ellison picks up the ball on the edge of the area, and shoots! It hits a yellow shirt in the box though and bounces harmlessly wide. Ellison wants a penalty for handball, but there's no way the ref's going to give that
    • 41' The atmosphere's electric, as Ellison is almost sent clear with a ball over the top of Ogogo. The Rotherham man goes down again, but doesn't appeal this time
    • 40' Stunning, stunning game this, and Taylor has been threatening that goal all afternoon! Dagenham completely switched off after their goal though, and now they've got to do it all over again
    • 39' Rotherham needs a response and move the ball along the left wing. Ellison swings it in to TAYLOR WITH THE HEADER! ROTHERHAM EQUALISE IMMEDIATELY! 1-1!
    • 38' Dagenham work the ball back along the left, before Benson receives it just inside the area with his back to goal. He takes a touch, swivels, AND CURLS IT INSIDE THE RIGHT POST! GOAL! 1-0 DAGENHAM!
    • 37' Danny Green does well on the right to win a throw, and finds a yellow shirt with another long-range throw
    • 36' Roberts is back on his feet, and looks fit to continue
    • 35' Law whips it in, and Le Fondre flies into the keeper with his boot. He's unfortunate to go into the book for what was an honest attempt on the ball
    • 34' It's end to end, and Rotherham break back to win a corner through Taylor
    • 33' Green drives it in low! SAVED AGAIN! What a save that was! Green hits the ball so hard towards the right stick, but Warrington gets a strong arm to it to clear! Stunning play again from the Rotherham keeper
    • 32' Dagenham break back immediately, and Sharps crunches into Nurse on the edge of the box! Yellow card for the Rotherham man, and a dangerous freekick for the Daggers
    • 31' Ellison and Le Fondre almost work the ball clear on the left, but Ellison just gets the ball trapped under his feet
    • 29' This is MUCH more like it from Dagenham, Vincelot connects with a cross behind him with a tremendous overhead kick! WELL SAVED! Warrington just kept the ball away from his right post. Tremendous play all round!
    • 28' Green and Ogogo combine well on the right, but Green's eventual shot is pretty feeble
    • 27' Ellison whips it in again with his left, but it's high over the onrushing red shirts and into the keeper's hands
    • 26' The Daggers are struggling to find any rhythm at the moment, and Mark Arber climbs all over Le Fondre to give Rotherham another freekick wide right
    • 25' Scott Doe is holding the back of his leg in the centre. It looks like it was just a knock though, after Gain battered into him from behind
    • 24' Rotherham move the ball down the right, winning a succession of throws
    • 23' Warrington saves a corner at the other end with a burst of energy to slide a backpass clear of the touchline
    • 22' Green hurls another tremendous throw from the right, but Rotherham are just soaking them up all day. Fenton and Sharps get the ball clear between them, and the Daggers are frustrated again
    • 21' Ellison runs into Doe up the other end and demands a freekick. Not given by the ref, and he was definitely looking for it
    • 20' Nurse finally gets a bit of possession for Dagenham, pacing down the left wing and sending in a decent low cross. Easily cleared by an organised Rotherham defence
    • 19' Off the post from the corner from Ellison! Dagenham look like they're just trying to hold on at the moment
    • 18' Dagenham looking shakey, and concede a corner
    • 17' Good run from Le Fondre, who turns on the edge of the area and tries to square it to Taylor. Rotherham get the ball back wide right, and the cross comes in to TAYLOR! Good save from the keeper! Taylor got enough pace on it, but Roberts snatched the ball out of the air with a dive to the right
    • 16' Green hurls it long, but it's bread and butter for the centrebacks
    • 15' Dagenham try to respond down the right, and win a throw
    • 14' Rotherham have another throw deep in the opposition half, which Gunning takes. Ellison whips in a delicious cross with the left, and TAYLOR GETS HIS HEAD TO IT! JUST WIDE OF THE RIGHT POST! What a chance that was for Rotherham! Should have been the opener
    • 12' Rotherham are beginning to impose themselves on Dagenham now, after a relatively timid start
    • 11' They have a throw though, and try to work the ball in to Taylor but it's cleared for a corner. Pablo Mills gets his head on it and sends a looping header towards the near post, which bounces just wide
    • 10' Nicky Law carries the ball to the right touchline, but is quickly smothered by a couple of yellow shirts
    • 9' Ellison concedes a handball inside the area which is taken quickly. Too quick for the yellow shirts though, and Rotherham quickly shift the ball back up the other end. It's lively at the moment!
    • 7' Rotherham look happy to sit back and head clear when the ball comes in. They have a freekick just inside their half, which is thumped just beyond Ryan Taylor for a goal kick
    • 6' Dagenham looking the more likely to force something at the moment, spending plenty of time around the Rotherham area in these opening minutes
    • 5' Green gets to the byline on the right and fires in a shot! Well saved by Warrington, who palms the ball clear with a strong hand
    • 4' Josh Scott advances well on the right, and is given space in the area to cross! Mark Lynch meets it at the far post with a particularly casual chest back to the keeper! Quality defending
    • 3' Danny Green looks to connect with a low cross on the head, but loses his footing on the Wembley turf...
    • 2' There's a wonderful atmosphere in the stadium, with both sides providing a sizable amount of fans in a balmy Wembley Stadium. Here's hoping we won't be talking about the pitch 90 minutes from now! Nicky Law hoofs a long diagonal ball from the centre, but overhits it for a goal kick.
    • 1' And we're off!
    • - The anthem's been sung, hands shaken, and the Chuckle Brothers have taken their seats (they're Rotherham fans)! We're almost ready to kick off!
    • - Paul Benson is Dagenham's top scorer, on 21 for the season. Three of those have come in the play-offs though, so he'll be one of the men to keep an eye on today!
    • - Rotherham have League Two's second highest scorer in their ranks - Adam Le Fondre, who has scored 30 goals this season
    • - Dagenham & Redbridge are chasing a first ever promotion in the Football League.
    • - Dagenham & Redbridge have never beaten Rotherham
    • - The teams are out at Wembley! There's still time for a couple of stats: This is the first time Dagenham have come to Wembley as a professional club, and Rotherham's second
    • - Rotherham: Warrington, Lynch, Sharps, Fenton, Gunning, Law, Harrison, Mills, Ellison, Taylor, Le Fondre. Subs: Annerson, Green, Warne, Marshall, Broughton, Walker, Bell-Baggie.
    • - Here's the teams! Dagenham & Redbridge: Roberts, Ogogo, Arber, Doe, McCrory, Green, Vincelot, Gain, Nurse, Scott, Benson. Subs: Lewington, Uddin, Currie, Montgomery, Bingham, Tejan-Sie, Walsh
    • 14:50 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the League Two play-off final!
  • Summary

    • 90+4' It goes wide! DAGENHAM AND REDBRIDGE ARE PROMOTED!
    • 69' Green whips it in, and Rotherham fail to deal with it! NURSE IT THERE TO PROD IT IN! GOAL! 3-2!
    • 60' Wonderful attacking football from Rotherham, who attack down the left with Nicky Law. He crosses from the byline to Ryan Taylor, who takes a touch AND RIFLES THE BALL LOW PAST TONY ROBERTS! GOAL! 2-2!
    • 59' Rotherham look to respond though, and sweep the ball in to Danny Harrison at the far post. The ball comes off his shin and HITS THE BAR! SO CLOSE FOR ROTHERHAM!
    • 55' Green picks up the ball on the edge of the area from Rotherham's headed clearance, and shifts right. He lines up a shot with his right boot AND SCORES! What a strike! The ball travels through the defender's legs, past Warrington's flailing right arm, and into the bottom right corner!
    • 39' Rotherham needs a response and move the ball along the left wing. Ellison swings it in to TAYLOR WITH THE HEADER! ROTHERHAM EQUALISE IMMEDIATELY! 1-1!
    • 38' Dagenham work the ball back along the left, before Benson receives it just inside the area with his back to goal. He takes a touch, swivels, AND CURLS IT INSIDE THE RIGHT POST! GOAL! 1-0 DAGENHAM!
    • 33' Green drives it in low! SAVED AGAIN! What a save that was! Green hits the ball so hard towards the right stick, but Warrington gets a strong arm to it to clear! Stunning play again from the Rotherham keeper
    • 29' This is MUCH more like it from Dagenham, Vincelot connects with a cross behind him with a tremendous overhead kick! WELL SAVED! Warrington just kept the ball away from his right post. Tremendous play all round!
    • 19' Off the post from the corner from Ellison! Dagenham look like they're just trying to hold on at the moment
    • 17' Good run from Le Fondre, who turns on the edge of the area and tries to square it to Taylor. Rotherham get the ball back wide right, and the cross comes in to TAYLOR! Good save from the keeper! Taylor got enough pace on it, but Roberts snatched the ball out of the air with a dive to the right
    • 14' Rotherham have another throw deep in the opposition half, which Gunning takes. Ellison whips in a delicious cross with the left, and TAYLOR GETS HIS HEAD TO IT! JUST WIDE OF THE RIGHT POST! What a chance that was for Rotherham! Should have been the opener
    • - Rotherham: Warrington, Lynch, Sharps, Fenton, Gunning, Law, Harrison, Mills, Ellison, Taylor, Le Fondre. Subs: Annerson, Green, Warne, Marshall, Broughton, Walker, Bell-Baggie.
    • - Here's the teams! Dagenham & Redbridge: Roberts, Ogogo, Arber, Doe, McCrory, Green, Vincelot, Gain, Nurse, Scott, Benson. Subs: Lewington, Uddin, Currie, Montgomery, Bingham, Tejan-Sie, Walsh

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