Positives for Burnett after Oxford stalemate
PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 January 2015
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Victoria Road manager discusses problems with training prior to the match
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett was pleased to pick up a third consecutive clean sheet following their goalless draw with Oxford United and is happy his players are growing in confidence.
The Victoria Road outfit couldn’t make it back-to-back league victories, but were the better side against the U’s without creating much for visiting keeper Ryan Clarke to do.
Mark Cousins was hardly troubled in the home goal and Burnett was impressed with the vibes he got from his players, especially after struggling to train during the week.
“Even though we didn’t play particularly great, there seemed an element of confidence within the group,” he said.
“When you are not winning football matches, regardless of how hard you try and how well you play, there is an element of doubt in your mind.
“But I could sense we were playing with an air of confidence.
“We have kept a clean sheet, probably not threatened their goal as much as we would like. But we can build on this result.”
Ashley Chambers had the best opportunity with 18 minutes played, but he fired wide from close range after excellent play on the left by Ashley Hemmings.
Chances were few and far between after that opening, although Joss Labadie added some drama in the final 10 minutes with three long-range efforts from free-kicks.
They all failed to test Oxford’s Clarke, but Burnett praised the performance of the midfielder.
“Joss covered a lot of ground,” added Burnett. “He is certainly a competitor and is someone that has come in and done very well.
“He was brave enough to step up for the free-kicks and has had two or three decent efforts.
“We just needed to trouble their goalkeeper a little bit more. We needed to play a little bit higher and press a little bit more and try to stay in their half longer.”
Burnett also revealed the struggles Daggers had during the week leading up to the match.
He went on to praise the players for their support, after he received criticism from some fans.
“The players have been fantastic and never stopped working,” added Burnett. “They have shown a hunger, a desire and a will.
“They have been great and it has been difficult because I have come in for a bit of stick, but they have stuck by me and the players have been so supportive.
“It has also been difficult because we have had nowhere to train. We were at Central Park last Tuesday and Parsloes Park on Thursday.
“We had a couple of players chased by dogs, but what do you do. It is Dagenham. We all muck in and we all get on with it.”