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Beating Bury ‘perfect birthday’ for Currie

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 December 2014

Daggers Darren Currie (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Daggers Darren Currie (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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After last weekend’s victory, the Victoria Road club are without a game tomorrow

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge scores the second goal against Bury (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO). Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge scores the second goal against Bury (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Daggers first-team coach Darren Currie celebrated his 40th birthday at Bury last Saturday, and was delighted the players gave him three points as a gift at Gigg Lane.

Alex Jakubiak struck 10 minutes into his debut, before Jamie Cureton doubled the advantage in the 74th minute to seal a 2-0 win.

Robert Milsom of Bury and Damien Batt of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic:Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO). Robert Milsom of Bury and Damien Batt of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic:Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

It gave Wayne Burnett’s team a second consecutive win, and Currie was thrilled with the result.

He said: “The lads all sang me ‘Happy Birthday’ in the changing room beforehand.

“All I asked was for three points and a performance and we got the pair of them so I’m really pleased.

“We have come under fire a bit recently and this is a results business, we are all aware of that.

“Off the back of that disappointing result at Southport in the FA Cup, we have now played two very good games and scored six goals and everyone is happy.”

Jakubiak only joined the club on November 27 on a youth loan from Championship side Watford.

But the 18-year-old didn’t need much time to settle and after he was introduced at half time, he put Daggers ahead from close range.

It was just his second goal in the Football League, his first was against Burnett’s team in August for Oxford United, and Currie praised the forward and Ayo Obileye.

He added: “It is a good free kick out to the back stick. Ayo heads it down and Alex, who we all met for the first time Saturday morning, pops up in the right area and puts it in the back of the net.”

Cureton sealed the victory with his eighth goal since moving to Victoria Road in the summer, with an excellent, trademark finish.

The 39-year-old turned three of the Shakers defenders with one movement before firing past Rob Lainton and into the bottom corner.

“We have seen it all before with Curo,” added Currie. “His touch was first class and the finish, you kind of expect him to score in many ways.

“You are shocked if he misses the target, but to see it nestle in the corner was perfect and good timing for us as well.”

Daggers lined up with three central defenders and the formation worked wonders once again.

Currie praised wing-backs Damian Batt and Ashley Hemmings, adding: “We’re away from home so that three at the back does become a five at times. It’s quite demanding of the wing-backs.

“The pair put in a tireless shift again and that is what we need.”

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