Burnett: We didn’t help ourselves

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett applauds the fans during (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett applauds the fans during (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo) - Credit: David Simpson/TGS Photo

Dagenham & Redbridge boss upset as unbeaten run comes to an end in Carlisle

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett believes his team invited pressure on themselves in their defeat at Carlisle United.

The Victoria Road club had gone ahead through Christian Doidge but conceded twice to fall behind.

As Daggers pushed on in search of an equaliser, the Cumbrians had chances to increase their lead further.

While they ultimately didn’t add a third, Burnett was disappointed Dagenham put themselves in a position to give Carlisle the chance to do so.

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“The end result was very disappointing. We were chasing the game in the end so they were going to create chances and have opportunities,” he said.

“We weren’t in that much danger really. The winner has come from a cross, a lack of communication between Ayo and Joe.

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“They’ve crossed it and we’re not marking again.”

Carlisle’s equaliser came with eight minutes to go until half time when Daggers looked comfortable.

The ball bounced towards Angelo Balanta inside the box who was not closed down and punished the visitors with a half volley.

Eight minutes after the break, Jabo Ibehre struck what turned out to be the winner, heading home unmarked at the back post.

And Burnett was disappointed with the manner of the goals conceded, knowing his team should have coped a lot better.

“Both goals were defendable,” he added. “We should have defended better for both goals but we have to do better otherwise we’re going to keep conceding.

“It’s come from another cross but I can’t fault the players work ethic. It was fantastic.

“They kept going and going and rightly so. It’s disappointing because I thought we were worthy of a point.”

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