Burnett happy with Pompey performance

13:30 13 February 2015

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Daggers boss discusses Tuesday’s draw

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge and Dan Butler of Portsmouth (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge and Dan Butler of Portsmouth (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Wayne Burnett was pleased Daggers were able to maintain momentum in Tuesday’s goalless draw against Portsmouth at Victoria Road.

The stalemate makes it one defeat in eight matches – a run that has moved them up to 18th in the table.

Jodi Jones came on for his senior Dagenham & Redbridge debut against Portsmouth (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Jodi Jones came on for his senior Dagenham & Redbridge debut against Portsmouth (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

And although they couldn’t build on Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win at York City, Burnett was pleased with the performance against Pompey.

“It is a valuable point. It continues our unbeaten run and continues our momentum,” he said.

“We went with the same team that played against York because we thought we had decent balance and we have done very well against a very good Portsmouth team.

“Was it a case of neither side doing enough to win the game? Probably. But I felt, if anything, we looked the more likely to score.”

Jamie Cureton started again after netting twice against York, but wasn’t given a clear sight at goal all evening by Pompey’s defence.

Burnett felt the visitors deserved some praise for the way they set up.

Portsmouth played three central defenders and neither side was able to create a clear-cut opportunity.

Burnett added: “We have had to manage Cureton, but he looked sharp and lively. He had the hump when he came off, but I don’t expect him to be jumping up and down.

“Portsmouth have come and played three at the back, but at times it can turn into five.

“They got lots of men behind the ball and we found it hard to break them down. You have got to give credit to the opposition. They have come here and made it very difficult for us and rightly so.”

Burnett was pleased with the performance, despite failing to get a third consecutive victory.

He hailed the efforts of his team for ensuring normally prolific marksman Matt Tubbs had a quiet day at the office for Portsmouth.

“They have got some good players like Ryan Taylor and Matt Tubbs,” Burnett added. “But our back four was good and the four in midfield worked incredibly hard.

“We just didn’t get the rub of the green at times up top, but we move on and that is one defeat in eight so we are doing okay.

“We look strong, competitive and we are a team of men now.”

A nice touch by Burnett was the introduction of teenager Jodi Jones for his debut – making him the youngest player to represent the club in the Football League at 17 years and 111 days.

Suddenly everything is looking a lot more positive for Daggers.


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