Cureton positive after Daggers draw
16:54 24 September 2014
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Forward scored against Cheltenham last weekend
Daggers forward Jamie Cureton was staying positive, despite seeing his side concede three minutes from time at Cheltenham to prevent them taking all three points at Whaddon Road.
Cureton had come back to haunt his old club, smashing the Victoria Road outfit ahead at the start of the second half.
But Joe Hanks equalised late on to prevent Wayne Burnett’s team picking up a vital win.
Cureton was pleased Daggers stopped a run of three straight defeats, though, saying: “We said ‘no matter what we come away with something’ and we have done that, so we have to take the positives out of it.
“We put ourselves in a position to win and to concede is disappointing, but I suppose at the beginning of the game you would probably take a draw.
“We do feel it is a poor goal on our part, though, and I suppose in the end we feel we should take all three points, but you have to take the positives and we have come away with a draw and stopped the rot.”
Cureton’s involvment in the match was limited, but when offered an opportunity, he grasped it with both hands.
The experienced Daggers forward burst past Cheltenham defender Matt Taylor in the 58th minute and fired into the net.
It was his fourth goal for the club, but his first since scoring against Oxford on August 30 and Cureton was pleased to be on the scoresheet again.
He added: “It is always nice to score against your old team, it is always good.
“I would probably have been happy if we had won and I didn’t score because it is about the team and not myself, but as an individual, when you leave a team it is nice to come back and score.
“I felt it was important to get a goal because I felt I should have scored at Cambridge. I hit the post and I had a little half chance at Portsmouth. I don’t like not being on the scoresheet too long!”
Cureton admitted it was a frustrating afternoon for him, due to a lack of service. But he explained how he felt it was important for him to remain focused, adding: “It was a bit frustrating because I didn’t get much service in the first half and the goal was my only real chance.
“It is important for me to stay focused and when the chances do come I have to make sure I can take it and I have done that so it was good.”