Burnett praises opposition Northampton after another game without a goal
12:30 19 January 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge have found the net just once in their last seven league matches
Daggers poor run of form in front of goal continued on Saturday and this time it cost them as they were beaten 1-0 by Northampton Town.
Ricky Holmes scored the only goal of the game on the hour mark and it proved enough for Chris Wilder’s team as the visitors failed to pose much attacking threat throughout at Sixfields Stadium.
Boss Wayne Burnett admitted afterwards that Cobblers have better players than the Victoria Road outfit and revealed why top goalscorer Jamie Cureton was dropped in favour of midfielder Andre Boucaud.
“I just felt we needed to have a little bit of screening and to have three in midfield,” responded Burnett when asked about Cureton dropping to the bench.
“We felt with the calibre of players Northampton have in Marc Richards and John-Joe O’Toole that they would cause us problems and we needed to give our back four a little bit of cover.
“We were under a bit of pressure in the first five or six minutes. I wouldn’t say we were disorganised just they are a very good team with some very good players.
“You look at the group and squad they have and it is difficult. Dagenham come to a place like Northampton with the quality and calibre of players they have and it is very difficult.”
Burnett name-checked Richards, O’Toole and Holmes when discussing the strength of Wilder’s squad compared to his.
Daggers boss also picked out some impressive performers from Saturday’s match from his own team.
He added: “Northampton have the likes of Richards, who is a very good player, and O’Toole, who is also a good player.
“They have just brought in the likes of Holmes from Portsmouth and they have players like Chris Hackett on the bench.
“It is difficult at times, but we will keep fighting and battling on. It is disappointing that we haven’t kept another clean sheet because we kept three prior to this game, but we will battle on.
“I thought Scott Doe and Ayo Obileye played very well. They didn’t really look overly troubled and Andre Boucaud helped them out as a sitter.
“Rhys is still coming back from fitness. He has been out a long time but we started with him and he has done well again.”
Although Doe and Obileye coped well, it wasn’t enough to deliver Daggers a fourth consecutive clean sheet and their first loss of 2015 dropped them into the bottom two.