We must cure late habits warns Jamie
19:00 29 October 2014
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Daggers forward says club must stop losing points towards the end of matches
Jamie Cureton has called on Dagenham & Redbridge to cut out their habit of conceding late on in matches if they want to move up the League Two table.
The 39-year-old put Wayne Burnett’s team on course for three points against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday when he struck in the 63rd minute.
However, Peter Murphy levelled seven minutes from time when he converted Sam Wood’s cross from the left.
And Cureton believes it is time the Victoria Road outfit cut out conceding late goals.
“Wycombe have been doing very well, we haven’t, so we take it as a good point, but the boys are disappointed,” said Cureton.
“When you get to that stage of the game and it is 1-0 you have to kick the ball wherever it has to go, it doesn’t look nice but you need to take three points.
“And because it has happened so many times this year it is frustrating.
“It has continued to happen so we have to do something about it. We have to look at the games and what has happened.”
Cureton believes the problem goes back to the second weekend of the season, when Daggers conceded twice in the last six minutes at Burton to lose 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium.
Burnett’s team have lost 12 points due to goals conceded in the final 10 minutes of matches this season and the forward believes that must change.
He added: “At Burton we were 1-0 up with 10 minutes to go and they won.
“In our game against Exeter we were winning with 10 minutes to go and lost.
“Newport, only last week, was 0-0 in the 89th minute and we lost, so it is too many times.
“It is not just a bit of luck, something isn’t right. I don’t know if it is because we are dropping too deep or we are not making the right decision.
“It is 12 points we have lost and we could be at the right end of the table not the wrong end with that.”
Burnett was sent away from the touchline during the final minutes of the game for showing his dissent with a decision.
But Cureton understood his manager’s frustration, he added: “The later the game goes on you are always going to shout for more and that is the passion, we all want to win.
“Sometimes the decisions don’t go your way and he has obviously said too much and been sent to the stands.
“But you can understand his frustration.”