McKenna: Late Dagenham leveller worthy of point

Ken McKenna and Jim Bentley look on in the closing stages against Dagenham.
Ken McKenna and Jim Bentley look on in the closing stages against Dagenham.
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Morecambe assistant manager Ken McKenna paid tribute to Dagenham & Redbridge’s equalising goal after they snatched a point at the death.

Rhys Murphy’s 94th-minute leveller was a goal the Shrimps would have been pleased to score themselves according to Jim Bentley’s right-hand man.

It was cruel on Morecambe however who did more than enough to make it five wins in a row at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

McKenna said: “It was a tentative start by both sides, feeling each other out, and then they’ve caught us on the break and gone 1-0 up and got everybody behind the ball.

“To be fair, the response was great, we could have scored a couple and were unfortunate to go in a goal behind at half-time.

“In the second half, we had a couple of little words with the lads and they’re an honest bunch and have come out and had a good go.

“We’ve got ourselves back into it from a free-kick and the game seemed to die a little bit, there wasn’t much happening and it came to life again when we scored from the second phase of a free-kick.

“Then you’re just hoping you can see the game out.

“We knew they’d come on to us, so we changed things tactically to try and hit them on the break and it nearly came off for Joe (Mwasile).

“But when you’re 1-0 up with only five minutes to go it’s a dangerous time, the lads are mentally and physically tired and to be fair, from where I was, it looked like a really good goal.

“You’ve got to take your hat off.”