Cureton: We can beat Cambridge United

15:30 26 January 2015

Jamie Cureton has scored eight times for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Jamie Cureton has scored eight times for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Daggers forward believes they can pick up win tomorrow, which would move them out of League Two relegation zone

Jamie Cureton's last goal for Dagenham & Redbridge was against Bury on November 29 (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Jamie Cureton's last goal for Dagenham & Redbridge was against Bury on November 29 (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Jamie Cureton believes if Dagenham & Redbridge play to their potential they will be able to achieve something Manchester United couldn’t do on Friday night – win at Abbey Stadium.

Louis van Gaal’s team couldn’t break down Cambridge United in the fourth round of the FA Cup and will face the League Two outfit at Old Trafford on February 4.

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the second goal with Alex Jakubiak at Bury (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the second goal with Alex Jakubiak at Bury (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

But first the U’s will host Daggers tomorrow (Tuesday) and Cureton believes the Victoria Road outfit can pick up all three points.

“I watched most of the game. I thought Cambridge showed great character, determination and defended very well,” said Cureton.

Jamie Cureton scores for Dagenham & Redbridge against former club Cheltenham Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Jamie Cureton scores for Dagenham & Redbridge against former club Cheltenham Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

“I think they have been like that all season really, been very defensive and kept a lot of clean sheets so they will be hard to break down.

“They will be on a bit of a high after the Man U game knowing they have got to go Old Trafford as well so they will be buzzing.

“Their league form has been good too so it is a difficult place for us to go. But we have to be confident and try and come away with something.

“We won’t expect anything easy and you just hope that we can perform to our best because if we do that we are fairly capable of beating anyone anywhere.”

If Daggers are to win tomorrow they will need to end their poor run in front of goal, which has seen them net just once in their last seven matches.

Cureton has failed to score since November 28 and whilst he admits the lack of goals for himself and the club is worrying.

He is more concerned they haven’t created too many opportunities over the past two months.

Cureton is sure, though, the goals will come soon, adding: “The most frightening thing is the chances really because we haven’t had a lot of chances.

“People haven’t been coming off thinking I should have scored chances here and there so we have not been creating enough.

“We need to put that right and for some reason, I don’t know, we started to keep goals out, but at the same time we have stopped creating so we need to change it around.

“It is frustrating for me because I know I am out of form, but at the same time I don’t feel during those months I have missed many chances.

“I am more frustrated with that. I would rather be missing than not getting them because at least if you are getting them you feel at some point you are going to take them.

“But hopefully the chances start to come and it is not like I am lacking in confidence because I have not been missing them so I am still confident I will be scoring again once the chances come along.”

Cureton felt their form, prior to defeat at Northampton Town on January 17, was decent.

But acknowledges they need to pick up results against Cambridge on Tuesday and at home to his former club Cheltenham Town this weekend.

“It is funny you lose one and it doesn’t look great again,” admitted Cureton.

“But if we can get a win at Cambridge or a draw and then another win at home it doesn’t look too bad over the last six games so that is what we will be aiming to do.

“The results didn’t go too bad for us at the weekend so Tuesday is important because we know if we can get the win it takes us our of the bottom two and we will then look to build on that.”


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