Daggers defeat disappoints Cureton
08:30 14 September 2014
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We were punished says experienced striker
Dagenham & Redbridge forward Jamie Cureton felt a poor start to the second half cost them all three points against Cambridge United yesterday.
Cureton helped Daggers take the lead at Victoria Road by assisting Luke Howell’s opener, but two goals at the start of the second period and a decisive third in the 77th minute killed the game for the hosts.
George Porter pulled one back for Wayne Burnett’s team, but they lost 3-2 and Cureton was disappointed they failed to build on their encouraging first-half display.
“We were on top first 45 and once we went in front I thought there would be a lot more chances for us and a lot more goals,” said the experienced Cureton.
“Second half we set out a plan for the first 10-15 minutes and we didn’t do it and we allowed Cambridge to get back into the game and then all of a sudden we are chasing the game and our game plan goes out the window.
“We start to rush things, so from being in a position where we are on top, in ten minutes of the second half, we are chasing it and we start to make more mistakes and not the right decisions.”
Cureton felt Daggers were too naive after the restart and allowed Cambridge a way back into the game by playing too much football inside their own half.
He believes the players need to adapt more to different game situations, adding: “I think it is just a case of us learning that we need to defend better as a team and realise what is going on in a game and what is needed in a game.
“Early on in the second half we maybe didn’t play long and in behind and they were trying to squeeze and we played into Cambridge’s hands a bit.
“We didn’t assess what was going on in the game and from that we have been punished.”
Prior to the home defeat against Northampton last weekend, Daggers had been on a three-match unbeaten run and Cureton is disappointed they have allowed two home fixtures to pass without picking up any further points.
But he also believes the club are a lot better than their current 19th standing in the League Two table.
“It is disappointing because we know we are so much better than that,” he added.
“We have lost two games at home and the plan was to try and take six points and we’ve taken none, so there is pressure on ourselves.
“We keep talking about how good we can be and what we can achieve this year, but if we carry on playing like that then it is going to be a struggle throughout the season and not the season we wanted it to be.”