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Daggers boss praises work rate against Cheltenham

18:14 21 September 2014

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Burnett admitted his side rode their luck at Whaddon Road

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Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett praised the work rate of his players following their draw at Cheltenham but conceded they rode their luck at times during the League Two clash.

Daggers were held to a 1-1 draw at Whaddon Road yesterday, but conceded three minutes from time after Jamie Cureton had given them the lead in the 58th minute.

Burnett lauded his players for always giving him 100 per cent after the game but admitted he sometimes questions their decision making and game management.

“We haven’t played great and rode our luck a bit at times but sometimes you need that,” said Burnett.

“I cannot fault my players for effort or work rate, I have never ever faulted that.

“I have faulted their decision making and I have questioned their naivety, I have questioned their decisions and game management but I have never ever questioned their work ethic or work rate because this group has a never say die attitude.

“They give everything they have and I can’t fault that. We rode our luck a little but you come away to Cheltenham and you are probably pleased with a point. Would I have taken a point before the game? Probably.”

Cureton’s fourth strike in Daggers colours was his 262nd career goal and Burnett praised the forward and cheekily challenged him to carry on until he reaches 300 career goals.

“That is what Jamie Cureton does,” Burnett said. “I keep reminding him that he wants to get to 300. I say goals in training don’t count!

“He is a goalscorer and it is not coincidental that he scores so many goals. He is 39 but he doesn’t look 39, the way he plays, his enthusiasm. He is moreish and people want to be around him.”

With Andre Boucaud serving a one game suspension, Joss Labadie came into the team for his first league start of the campaign, following his summer move from Torquay, and the Daggers boss was impressed with how disciplined he was at Whaddon Road.

“Joss come in today and worked incredibly hard,” said Burnett. “He is a player we tried to get and we worked really hard to get in the summer and he has come in, and his chances have been limited, but he did very, very well today and so did they all.”

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