Daggers defending against Southend disappoints Burnett
11:47 16 March 2015
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Victoria Road boss reflects on 3-1 defeat and discusses defending that led to penalty
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett admitted Southend United deserved their win at Victoria Road on Saturday, but was unhappy with his teams defending.
Blues forward Joe Pigott dribbled past Scott Doe too easily before slotting past Liam O’Brien for the opener after 16 minutes.
Billy Bingham’s excellent deep free kick helped Ayo Obileye head home the equaliser six minutes later, but Ryan Leonard scored an excellent goal on the stroke of half time to put the visitors ahead at the break.
And Damian Batt gave away a penalty six minutes after the interval when he put his hands up to block Luke Prosser’s header.
It allowed Barry Corr to step up and score from the spot to ensure the Blues took all three points back up the A13.
“We switched off for the penalty,” said Burnett. “From a short free-kick, they’ve got the ball out wide and in the box.
“The ball has come to the far post and it’s a stupid decision, but Luke Prosser is there on the back on his own and it is very disappointing.
“When you are only a goal behind you have always got a chance to get back in the game, but when it is 3-1 it makes it very difficult.”
Corr’s strike did essentially consign Daggers to defeat as Southend took great confidence from the goal and performed excellently for the remainder of the afternoon.
But it seemed like being a close game when Obileye powerfully headed past Daniel Bentley in the 22nd minute.
Burnett added: “Our goal was good, Billy has put an excellent ball in and Obileye has got his head on it and we are back in the game.
“We were really in the ascendancy there I believe so it was definitely disappointing to concede just before half-time.”
Daggers struggled to get out of their own half after Corr’s goal and Burnett pondered whether the strong wind had a part to play in that.
However he refused to make any excuses for the defeat and stated Phil Brown’s team thoroughly deserved their success.
“I think the wind definitely had a say towards the latter part of the game because we found it hard,” said Burnett.
“Our goalkeeper couldn’t get his kicks to the halfway line and he can usually kick it quite well.
“But listen I am not making excuses Southend were better than us, certainly in the second half, and deserved to win the football match.”