Daggers fortunate to pick up Accrington Stanley point, says boss Burnett
PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:52 26 March 2014
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett admitted his side were fortunate to pick up a point in the goalless draw with Accrington Stanley last night.
The Victoria Road side were well below par and if Accrington had a striker in form then it may have all been altogether different as they created the better chances on the night, particularly in the second half.
And although Chris Dickson spurned a great opportunity for the hosts five minutes from time, Burnett was relieved to have a point come the end of the match.
“I felt we were a little bit lacklustre tonight,” said Burnett.
“We didn’t play with the same intensity and tempo that I’d have liked and I actually thought we were pretty fortunate to come away with a point if I am being perfectly honest.
“I probably think it is a point gained. I’d like to say we were better than that but I don’t think we were. They were probably better than us on the night, and certainly created the better chances so it is a point gained.”
In saying that, the Daggers still had a glorious chance to take all three on offer when Sean Shields’ fine cross from the right should have been headed home by Dickson.
But much to the amazement of everyone at Victoria Road, including his manager, it went wide.
“You’d think with the run we’d been on it would go in,” he added. “But it’s probably easier to score than miss if I am being honest. Listen, it’s easy for me when you are standing on the side and you see the ball come across and you think it is going to hit the back of the net. He usually does hit the back of the net in training but unfortunately he hasn’t done so tonight.”
Goalkeeper Chris Lewington earned special praise for his performance last night, as he produced a fine tip on to the bar from Peter Murphy’s late strike in the first half, before denying Lee Molyneux and Kayode Odejayi in the second period.
“Chrissy Lewington has pulled off an excellent save in the first half and one in the second half I am led to believe,” he added. “But he’s done that all season and that’s what he gets paid for.”
It has been a busy month for the Daggers, with six games before last night’s encounter and Burnett feels that it may have caught up with his small squad.
“We have had a run of games and they’ve caught up with us because the squad is small,” he remarked.
“We’ve tried to manage it as best we can and rest as many as we can but when you have got a small squad it is hard to rotate. We’ve got this group of players and they have got a never-say-die attitude and a fantastic work ethic.
“We have put in a tremendous amount of work and hence why we are seven games unbeaten.”