Cook hails Murphy performance

Accrington boss Paul Cook hailed Peter Murphy after his late

leveller denied Dagenham their first home league win of the


The defender’s 85th minute finish salvaged as 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,”

said 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.”