Burnett: Neither team played much football
10:45 02 March 2015
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Daggers boss reflects on 2-1 defeat at Mansfield, poor conditions and places on the bench for Frankie Raymond and Ian Gayle
Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett was disappointed to see his side lose at Mansfield Town on Saturday, especially after Jamie Cureton had brought them level and appeared to give them the initiative.
The 39-year-old’s low strike on the hour mark was the 250th league goal of his career and made it 1-1 at Field Mill.
But Junior Brown scored seven minutes from time after Callum Elder’s long throw had caused problems in the visitors box.
Burnett said: “We are all disappointed. The players will be and the supporters, but we have to go again and that is when we need everyone.
“We need all our support, we need all the players and we need everyone moving in the same direction.
“The conditions were difficult, but we managed to get back in the game with a fantastic goal by Jamie.
“We were back in it and I didn’t think we were under any real pressure at that point. I thought we were probably more likely to go on and win the game.”
Mansfield’s pitch wasn’t in the best of conditions, but Burnett insisted it was better than the last time he visited the stadium.
However it didn’t help either side play much football and with the wind strong long balls were being used more often than not.
“The pitch was actually better than I thought it would be. I came here last Tuesday (February 17) and watched Mansfield play Luton and it was worst then,” revealed Burnett.
“It wasn’t great. You step on it and it is very soft underfoot. It wasn’t conducive for us to try and pass it as much as we would like.
“Both teams didn’t play much football. We just got it forward and it wasn’t a great spectacle. It was about both boxes and restarts.”
A pleasant surprise, though, at Mansfield was to see youngster Frankie Raymond and Ian Gayle earn spots on the bench after returning from loan spells at Eastbourne Borough and St Albans City recently.
Neither came on, but Burnett said they warranted their place amongst the substitutes and discussed Shamir Fenelon, who signed on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday.
He added: “I think Shamir will be a good signing, as will Daniel Carr, but it was too little too late when they came on.
“Frankie and Ian have warranted a place on the bench. They have had some good performances in our development games and our reserve matches so those people are in there on merit.”