Burnett delighted to see off Shrimps
PUBLISHED: 17:30 18 February 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager looks back on weekend win, which took them seven points clear of the relegation places in League Two
Wayne Burnett was just about to take his seat when Luke Howell fired Daggers into the lead after only 18 seconds at Globe Arena on the first step towards an excellent 3-2 win against Morecambe.
Although Andy Fleming’s 24th-minute reply made it level at half time, goals from Ayo Obileye and Jamie Cureton put the visitors in the ascendancy before Shrimps substitute Jack Redshaw pulled one back deep into stoppage time.
That solo goal was a mere consolation in a thoroughly impressive victory for Burnett’s team and he was delighted with the win.
He said: “It is an absolutely fantastic win. I was just about to take my seat and the ball is in the back of the net through Luke.
“It was a good finish and came from a cross, so it was a really good start.”
Level at the break, Obileye’s first professional goal restored the Daggers’ lead three minutes after the interval.
The Charlton Athletic loan defender watched Morecambe’s Mark Hughes misjudge the flight of the ball and poked it over Shrimps keeper Andreas Arestidou before tapping in.
Amazingly it was the first goal scored by a Daggers defender this campaign and a delighted Burnett added: “Ayo has got a touch on it. It has missed out their defender and gone beyond the keeper and he has tapped it in.
“He did look very happy about it and I think it is one of the first goals the defenders have scored this season, so I’m really pleased about that.”
The last goal by a Daggers defender before Sunday’s result was Scott Doe’s in the 3-2 win against Cheltenham Town on the final day of the 2013/14 campaign.
Whilst a defender scoring for Burnett’s side this season is a rarity, Cureton finding the net is certainly not.
But the 39-year-old could have been celebrating the 250th league goal of his career at Globe Arena on Sunday.
Ashley Hemmings crossed in for him in the 81st minute, but despite having most of the goal to aim at, he didn’t get a clean connection and missed.
“He will be pleased he scored, but probably more disappointed that he missed that chance,” added Burnett.
“But he is getting in there and scoring goals still and he has been a revelation.
“It was a fantastic finish for his goal and he gets in the right place at the right time and you can’t teach that.”
Despite the miss Cureton was again excellent and so were Daggers as they moved seven points clear of the bottom two.