Daggers boss Burnett pleased with point at Bury despite penalty claims
15:39 23 March 2014
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett felt a draw at Bury was probably a fair result – but bemoaned a decision not to give his side a second half penalty.
Chris Hussey scored on his debut for the Shakers on the hour mark, before Luke Norris scored his fourth for the Daggers six minutes later.
Neither side were able to find a winner, but Burnett was disappointed his side hadn’t won a penalty when the score was goalless.
The ball fell to half time substitute Ade Azeez and he appeared to be brought down by home goalkeeper Brian Jensen in the box.
No foul was given, and to make matters worse, David Flitcroft’s side took the lead a matter of minutes later.
“The game could have gone either way if I am being honest,” said Burnett. “I think we had some chances and they certainly did as well. Probably a draw is a fair result in the end.
“It was a good game in very difficult conditions and I thought both teams tried to win the game.”
On the penalty decision, the Daggers boss added: “I thought it was a penalty 100 per cent and I can’t understand why it’s not been given.
“He probably thinks if I give a penalty I have got to send him off. I don’t think that’s the case. The ball was going slightly away from goal but it’s a foul in the box and a penalty, but he hasn’t given it so I think he got that one wrong.”
The match was played in difficult conditions, with intermittent heavy downpours at Gigg Lane from around 1pm onwards.
And Burnett felt that had a big impact on the game, with plenty of his players feeling the effects of that at the full-time whistle.
“It was end-to-end and our players have done unbelievably well,” said Burnett.
“We have had a lot of games, a lot of away ones and a lot of travelling and we looked a little tired in the end.
“It was incredibly energy sapping, we have had one day’s less rest because we played on Wednesday and I think it showed.
“Both teams did well to give a good account of themselves on the pitch. I walked on it at the end of the game and it was incredibly muddy.
“To play any type of football was an achievement so I could certainly see in my players that the ground was certainly taking it out of them.”