Burnett bemused with referee after Dons defeat
12:00 16 November 2014
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Daggers defeated again but denied penalty during second half of 1-0 loss
Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett was bemused that referee Brendan Malone failed to award his side a penalty yesterday during their 1-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon.
Barry Fuller scored the only goal of the game at Cherry Red Records Stadium in the 19th minute - lashing home a loose ball following George Francomb’s corner.
But Daggers had chances, with Abu Ogogo and Ashley Chambers both failing to test James Shea when in great positions.
The big moment came 15 minutes from time, though, when Jamie Cureton raced through on goal.
Shea’s presence put the forward off, causing him to miss his kick, however the Dons keeper then brought Cureton down for what appeared a penalty.
But Malone waved play on, much to Burnett’s frustration.
He said: “I have got to be careful what I say because I have been in trouble with the officials quite a lot of late.
“I think we do expect Jamie to score in that position but he has been taken out.
“I have got the benefit of watching footage now. The referee hasn’t got that but he has made contact inside the box, the ball has gone beyond the goalkeeper.
“If the goalkeeper makes contact of the ball and then makes contact with our player I can go ‘you know what I can understand that’ but he hasn’t.
“The ball has gone beyond the keeper and then he has made contact with our player. How is that not deemed a foul?
“Is it a foul anywhere else on the pitch? If the answer is yes then it is a penalty and if anyone can’t see that it is beyond me.”
The Victoria Road boss also saluted the 238 Daggers supporters present on Saturday, who made fantastic noise throughout.
“I thought our supporters were absolutely fantastic,” he added.
“I thought they supported the team from the very start to the very end and I can only applaud them for that.
“I am disappointed for them as much as I am disappointed for the players but the support today was excellent.”
Burnett felt his side were unlucky to not leave with a point and believes Daggers have enough quality to move up the table.
He added: “I have got a group of players that are incredibly hard working.
“We have got quality and if anyone watched the game, they will know we were a bit unfortunate to not come away with anything.”