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Burnett: Positives despite big defeat

11:00 24 December 2014

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

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

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First half performance offers Daggers encouragement

Reuben Reid of Plymouth Argyle scores the opening goal against Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Reuben Reid of Plymouth Argyle scores the opening goal against Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett was disappointed with his side’s defeat at Plymouth Argyle, but took plenty of positives from the match.

The Victoria Road outfit were comfortably beaten in the end, but matched the home side during the first 45 minutes.

Reuben Reid’s opener in the 41st minute changed the course of the match and Daggers didn’t carry much threat in the second period, despite making changes.

Bobby Reid doubled the lead early in the second half, before Reuben Reid converted a penalty for Argyle’s third.

But Burnett was pleased with the display of his team in the opening half at Home Park.

He said: “We had a number of chances and I thought we were slightly the better team in the first half.

“I think they have hit us on the break and before we know it, it is in the back of our net.

“We were very good in the first half. I actually thought we tried to play offside for the first goal, but I’ve been told we didn’t. Lewis Alessandra has broke down the left hand side and managed to cross it and it is in the back of our net.

“That is four minutes before half time, so not ideal. Up until then they hadn’t really troubled us.”

Although Daggers didn’t look too troubled during the opening half, they didn’t seriously test Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick.

Jamie Cureton volleyed a superb attempt just wide, following Ayo Obileye’s perfect long-range pass.

But Burnett acknowledged they didn’t question John Sheridan’s team enough and felt the second goal for the hosts came through them pressing too much in midfield.

Bobby Reid tapped home in the 50th minute, after Reuben Reid had been played through on goal and squared for his namesake to score.

“It is not for the want of trying that we couldn’t get our shots off,” added Burnett.

“We said to the players ‘you have to let go a little bit’ and we didn’t at Plymouth.

“We needed to get a few more balls into the box, but I felt there were some real positives.

“For the second goal I felt we probably tried to press the ball when we shouldn’t have done and they got a very good, well worked goal from it.

“They have got some very good players, good supporters and a good manager.

“It is not an easy place to come and you can see why they are at the right end of the league table at the moment.”

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