Daggers boss thrilled with players following Plymouth success
10:30 18 March 2015
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Wayne Burnett discusses Ashley Chambers, the game plan and more from last night’s 2-0 win
Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett was delighted with his side after they executed his game plan perfectly and earned a thoroughly deserved two-goal victory against play-off hopefuls Plymouth Argyle.
Captain Abu Ogogo opened the scoring in the 30th minute following a free-flowing move and Jamie Cureton made the points safe with a wonderful finish in the 88th minute.
Ashley Chambers was brought back into the starting team for the first time since January 10 and it was a masterstroke from the Daggers boss.
It helped the Victoria Road outfit play Argyle off the park and in all honestly they could have won by more.
“I am absolutely delighted with the performance and delighted with the result,” said Burnett.
“We played a 4-4-1-1 formation against a 3-4-1-2 and we thought Ashley Chambers, who hasn’t featured much, would deal with that role behind the striker.
“I think he has done very well. He tired towards the end, but overall a very accomplished performance from one to 11.
“I didn’t think Plymouth really troubled us. We looked strong, we look determined and we followed the game plan.”
Burnett revealed they had worked hard on Plymouth prior to the game and it certainly showed.
Daggers passed the ball around with superb composure and even though the visitors tried to get back level, the hosts always looked strong and solid in defence.
“We had worked on Plymouth because we know they are an attacking threat, but we worked on them on Monday,” Burnett revealed.
“Over the weekend we worked on them from a defensive point of view and I didn’t think they troubled us too much and I was really pleased that we limited them and we looked an attacking threat going forward.
“We knew how dangerous they could be and I think we have to take credit for how well we have played.”
Ogogo was one of three changes Burnett made with Mark Cousins and Chambers also starting following the 3-1 loss to Southend United on Saturday.
Daggers captain has openly revealed he wants to be playing in midfield, but he again performed excellent at right-back.
Burnett added: “He is a midfielder player that is playing right-back. It is no secret that he wants to play in midfield.
“But he has come in, done a job at right-back and he has done it very efficiently and when he is determined and he wants to get forward it is a positive.
“He has done fantastic. He drives the team forward and leads the team and we have missed him.”
It was a brilliant win and Burnett was basking in the success and rightly so when asked what Daggers’ stadium announcer meant by proclaiming their opening goal was “liquid football.”
He replied: “I think he was referring to Barcelona-esque play or Bayern Munich type play so I will take that.”
Daggers, their manager and the supporters certainly will take that and last night’s result and performance will live long in the memory.