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Connors: We could see Exeter goals coming

PUBLISHED: 14:02 06 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:02 06 October 2014

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Jack Connors of Dagenham (Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Left-back disappointed with defeat despite coming under ‘relentless’ second half pressure

Daggers defender Jack Connors was disappointed to lose on Friday night to Exeter and felt the Victoria Road outfit should have at least taken a point from the game after they lead 1-0 up until the 80th minute.

Jamie Cureton put Wayne Burnett’s side ahead early on before they conceded twice in the final ten minutes to fall to a 2-1 defeat at home.

Matt Partridge gave away a penalty in the 79th minute, which Jimmy Keohane converted, before Arron Davies powered a header into the top corner to earn Exeter a deserved late victory.

Connors admitted Daggers could feel the late goals coming after they endured a barrage of pressure in the second period.

He said: “(The second half) was always going to pan out that way and we dropped deeper, and deeper and deeper.

“The pressure was relentless so we could kind of see it coming but obviously the penalty is unfortunate.”

Partridge shoved Exeter’s Alex Nicholls to the ground inside the box and although Connors was unsure whether it was the right decision or not, he admitted you can’t make contact inside the box.

“I am not sure if it is or if it isn’t (a penalty),” said the left-back.

“As soon as you make contact inside the box you give the referee a decision to make.

“But from there, when it goes to 1-1, you still want to hold on for at least a point so it is disappointing to lose.”

Friday’s defeat was Connors second back in the starting team after a three-match run of games on the bench.

He is unavailable for tomorrow’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Leyton Orient, due to his call-up to the Republic of Ireland under-21’s, but he should be back for Saturday’s game against Accrington Stanley.

The defender plans to fly straight from Heathrow to Manchester on Friday, so he can link up with the Daggers squad, after returning from international duty in Norway with the U21’s.

Connors added: “This is my second game back in the team so hopefully I only miss the JPT game.

“I should make it back for Accrington away so I should be alright.”

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