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Cobblers were on front foot says Burnett

17:00 21 January 2015

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

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

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Weekend defeat could have been more comprehensive

Alex Jakubiak of Dagenham & Redbridge holds off Northampton matchwinner Ricky Holmes (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Alex Jakubiak of Dagenham & Redbridge holds off Northampton matchwinner Ricky Holmes (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Wayne Burnett admitted Daggers had been beaten by the better team following Saturday’s 1-0 away defeat to Northampton Town.

Cobblers were better from the first whistle until the last at Sixfields Stadium and could easily have scored more than once.

Rhys Murphy of Dagenham & Redbridge rues his miss in the first half against Northampton Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Rhys Murphy of Dagenham & Redbridge rues his miss in the first half against Northampton Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Ricky Holmes decided the game in the 60th minute with a well-worked goal and Burnett insisted Northampton won because they have better players than Daggers.

He said: “When you play against the quality of players Northampton have, they are always going to create chances.

“Are the likes of Marc Richards, John-Joe O’Toole and Ricky Holmes really League Two players? Well they are because they are playing in League Two, but they are very good players.

“Sometimes you just have to say ‘we played against the better team and they were better than us’. Why were they better than us? Because they scored and we didn’t.”

Cobblers came out of the blocks quickly and could have opened the scoring inside the first five minutes, but Daggers survived.

Rhys Murphy then had a good opportunity to put the visitors ahead with 18 minutes played. But after latching on to Scott Doe’s clearance, he lobbed over the onrushing Matt Duke only to watch as his half-volleyed effort flew over the bar.

It was a key chance, Burnett adding: “Rhys has gone through and I said to him he should have hit the target, but he hasn’t and it isn’t for the want of trying.

“Apart from the first five or six minutes when Northampton had one or two chances, they didn’t overly threaten our goal. But at times we are our own worst enemy.

“For the goal we should have made a different decision. The selection of pass was not the right one and before you know it, it’s in the back of our own goal. When they scored, the momentum has gone with them.

“It was a tough game, but it always is a tough place to come. We have only ever got a point in all the times we have played Northampton home and away.

“They had better players than us at times and you look at the squad they have and sometimes it is 
difficult to compete.”

Daggers were supported by 156 fans at Sixfields and Burnett thanked the travelling faithful.

“The fans have been good again and they have gone home disappointed,” added Burnett.

“I am disappointed for them. But I am disappointed for the players and everyone associated with the club.”

Daggers do not play again now until Tuesday when they travel to Cambridge United – who face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday – and they will hope to find a solution to their goalscoring problem, which has seen them score just once in seven matches.

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