Daggers continue to turn corner after Bootham Crescent success

12:30 08 February 2015

Dagenham & Redbridge players celebrate Jamie Cureton

Dagenham & Redbridge players celebrate Jamie Cureton's goal against York City (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Victoria Road manager praises Mark Cousins and discusses Daniel Carr’s debut

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge scores the second against York City (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge scores the second against York City (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett took plenty of positives from yesterday’s 2-0 win against York City.

Jamie Cureton scored once in each half to seal a routine three points at Bootham Crescent and a eighth clean sheet in the league this campaign.

Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Mark Cousins in action against York City (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Mark Cousins in action against York City (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

The Victoria Road outfit were never really threatened by the Minstermen, despite facing a succession of corners and free kicks in each half.

And Burnett was particular happy with the response from his side following the interval, saying: “I felt we probably could have come in another goal up in the first half because Ashley Hemmings went through one on one and we thought we did okay.

Daniel Carr of Dagenham & Redbridge battles with Malvind Benning of York City (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Daniel Carr of Dagenham & Redbridge battles with Malvind Benning of York City (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

“What I wasn’t overly happy about was the fact we weren’t switching on quick enough when the ball went out of play or it was a free kick.

“We weren’t getting organised quickly enough and we spoke about it at half time and they responded fantastically.

“Mark Cousins has been very good and over the last few months, well probably longer than that, we have had problems from corners and set pieces, but not against York.”

Cureton’s two finishes against York earned Daggers the three points and they were of the highest quality.

He may be 39-years-old, but his 10th and 11th goals of the season were a timely reminder that if chances are created he will take them.

A forward who will be looking for more opportunities is Daniel Carr after coming on in the 82nd minute to make his debut for the club.

Although he probably didn’t have enough time to stake a claim for a starting berth against Portsmouth on Tuesday, he impressed.

Burnett added: “He looked quite sharp didn’t he? We have brought him in and he will hopefully have an impact.

“The players have embraced him like they always do and he has fitted in very nicely. He has only actually trained twice with us so it is going to take him a while to get up to speed, but we are delighted that he is here.

“We are delighted that he is part of our group and more importantly delighted he wanted to be part of our group so hopefully he can come and have a real impact on our group and our season.”

Carr appears to possess all the attributes to prove his worth between now and the end of the season and with every passing week it looks more and more likely Daggers will beat off relegation this year.

Following an awful showing against Stevenage on Boxing Day, Burnett’s team have taken 12 points out of a possible 21 – and faced some strong teams in that run. They have definitely turned the corner.


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