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League Two

Cook lauds mighty Murphy

16 September 2012

Accrington Stanley boss Paul Cook hailed hero Peter Murphy as his late leveller denied Dagenham their first home league win of the season in a match that ended 1-1.

The defender's 85th minute finish salvaged a point just as it looked like the hosts were going to take all three at the London Borough of Barking Stadium.

Midfielder Luke Howell's 61st minute strike put Dagenham on course to end a miserable start to the season.

But Murphy's late goal means John Still's misfiring side are without a win in six while Accrington claimed a second successive draw to continue their solid start to the new campaign.

"I thought we at least deserved a draw for our performance," reflected Cook. "We never stopped battling all afternoon and had enough chances to take the lead.

"But unfortunately we weren't clinical enough in front of goal and didn't give ourselves that breathing space which we wanted.

"It's frustrating because we conceded a poor goal and that put us on the back foot. But credit to the players because they showed lots of character to make sure we got a point.

"We've had a good start to the season and the players are working hard for each other."

Dagenham boss Still was left frustrated after his side threw away a welcome lead on their own patch, but is confident a league win is not far around the corner.

"It's frustrating because their goal could have been avoided. It would have been nice to get all three points, but at least we've not come away from the game with nothing. We're a young side and we're learning. It's going to take time for things to fit into place."

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