Daggers boss Burnett pleased to bounce back at Torquay

12:18 19 April 2014

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett and Torquay United manager Chris Hargreaves shake hands at the final whiistle. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett and Torquay United manager Chris Hargreaves shake hands at the final whiistle. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

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The performance may not live too long in the memory for the Daggers in their 1-0 win at Torquay, but boss Wayne Burnett was pleased his side got back to winning ways.

Medy Elito’s second half penalty proved to be the difference in the end as they recorded their first ever win at Plainmoor to move them on to 57 points and now mathematically safe from relegation.

If Torquay had a goalscorer, the game may well have been altogether different though.

They did have chances in the first half, with Krystian Pearce spurning two and Shaquille Coulthirst another.

And while the Daggers didn’t create much in front of goal, Burnett felt goalkeeper Chris Lewington wasn’t in too much danger up the other end either despite the Gulls’ first half opportunities.

“They looked most likely to score from a set piece, they had one or two chances,” said Burnett.

“I thought our goalkeeper wasn’t really troubled that much even though they had the shots on goal.

“Chris’ hands were good and they were pretty much straight at him. I think he had two in the first half and one in the second to make and though we didn’t create a great deal, we’ve got the goal that counts.

Burnett added: “People will look and see we have come away with three points from Torquay. We aren’t going to play brilliant every week.

“It’s nice to bounce back, the players knew they hadn’t played well against Portsmouth, I was to blame for that because I picked the wrong team and I openly admitted that. I was solely to blame but they had to work a little bit harder.”

There isn’t too much of a turn around though as Daggers host Chesterfield on Easter Monday in a game which the Spireites could confirm promotion.

But Burnett believed there is plenty of work to do on the training ground beforehand, after some poor defending from set pieces in particular at Plainmoor.

“We were too deep at times and our marking wasn’t too great from set pieces,” he said.

“We’ll look at that and hopefully address that as a group to see where we can improve and get better.”

With Chris Hargreaves’ side pushing for a late equaliser, that left gaps at the back for the Daggers to exploit.

And the visitors certainly had their chances with substitutes Chris Dickson and Blair Turgott the main culprits. However, Burnett didn’t read too much into that.

“It could have been two or three at the end there with Blair and Dicko going through but I wouldn’t read too much into that because they are chasing the game,” he said.

“They are going to leave holes and pockets. I would have done exactly the same. We’ve got pace in our team so we were always going to get them on the counter attack.”

The journey to Torquay is 458-mile round trip from ground to ground, and Burnett had special praise for the 113 Daggers fans which made the trip to Plainmoor yesterday.

“These travelling fans come to watch and pay their hard earned money and they’ve got something to go home and cheer about,” he said.


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