Cureton: Milestone means little in loss
09:00 05 March 2015
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Experienced Daggers forward reflects on landmark goal
Jamie Cureton scored the 250th league goal of his career at Mansfield Town, but Dagenham & Redbridge’s 2-1 defeat ensured it was a bittersweet moment in the end for the 39-year-old.
Cureton levelled in the 60th minute at Field Mill after collecting Andre Boucaud’s pass to fire past Lenny Pidgeley.
But Wayne Burnett’s side conceded seven minutes from time and the forward admitted the loss soured the milestone.
“When you score it is great because it is 1-1,” said Cureton.
“That result would have been fine. I still would have been happy, but when you lose I have always said it is nice scoring, but it is all about the team and the result.
“It is not about me and my records and what is going on in my career. It’s about Dagenham.
“It is nice to have achieved that record and I will think about it later on, but the result is upmost for me and it is a shame I have done it in a game like that and a result like that.”
Although strikers are always said to be happy as long as they are scoring, Daggers leading goalscorer would rather bank points. Cureton says winning games is more important than him scoring and achieving milestones.
“I am more than happy if I am scoring and we are winning, that’s brilliant,” added Cureton.
“If I am not scoring and we are winning that is fine, but to score and lose it doesn’t taste the same.
“It is another landmark I suppose, but I move on. I am happy I’m scoring again and hopefully I can keep scoring now until the end of the season and we can win a few more.”
The result was especially disappointing for Daggers because it was against a team also battling with them to avoid relegation to the Conference.
Cureton insisted they had done enough to earn a point, they just lacked concentration.
He added: “We were playing one of the teams around us and I thought we did okay.
“The game wasn’t great, it was poor all round. I think we did enough and stayed in the game and got it back to 1-1 and you think ‘we will take that’.
“That is a good result for us and keeps Mansfield below us, so to concede a goal like we did we are disappointed. It is a bad result for us.
“We did enough to take 1-1 without playing well, but a lack of concentration from a long throw-in, it has dropped down and it’s a poor goal from us.”
Although it was a bad defeat, Cureton’s goal takes him up to 13 for the season and despite his age he continues to show what an outstanding signing he has been this campaign.
He also played a prominent role in Tuesday’s 2-0 success against Hartlepool United to ensure Daggers bounced back following their weekend disappointment.