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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Daggers midfielder Billy Bingham made his first start since November in their battling 1-1 draw at Burton Albion on Saturday, and the 23-year-old admitted the whole occasion meant he was certainly feeling it come the final whistle.
Jack Connors was dismissed early in the second half with Daggers 1-0 up, and although Billy Kee did hit back for the Brewers, the visitors defended well to make the trip home with a hard-earned point.
While it was nice for Bingham to be recalled to the starting line-up for the first time since a knee injury picked up against Wimbledon, he found it a tough game to come into.
“It was good to be back, but it was a difficult game when we went down to 10 men and with the wind as well,” he said. “We had to dig deep and it was difficult fitness wise and I’m knackered now, but it’s all worth it.
“There was a 50/50 in the second half which I did think about the injury when I went in for it, but I won the challenge and I think that’s the turning point. I’ll be alright now.”
Despite having a numerical advantage for much of the second half, the Brewers failed to really test Chris Lewington in the Daggers goal.
And Bingham felt that was down to a disciplined defensive performance from every single one of the Dagenham players on the pitch.
“Everyone dug deep, we all had to stay together. We had to be disciplined position-wise and everyone put in a shift.
“We kept our shape well and it did feel like they had pressure, but they had one shot late on which hit the post and that was about it.
“I thought Chris Lewington in goal was tremendous, he came for everything – all the crosses and all the corners.
“We had to be clever and slow things down at throw-ins and take a bit of extra time at free-kicks to try and kill the game off.”
A point at Burton represents the continued turnaround on the road for the Daggers this season, which came on the back of the 1-0 win at Rochdale a fortnight earlier.
And while pleased to be picking up points on their travels, Bingham knows that it cannot come at the expense of their home form.
“It was always going to be a difficult game because we know Burton are a good side, but everyone has done well and we are pleased to take a point away with us,” he added.
“It’s nice to see the away form improve, but it cannot come at the detriment of our home form and hopefully we can back to winning ways at home against Plymouth this weekend.”