Burnett happy to beat ‘old friend’ Wilder
PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 September 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager thrilled as team end several streaks against Northampton Town
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett was delighted the team came from behind to beat Northampton Town and pick up their first three points of the season.
Marc Richards had put the Cobblers ahead midway through the first half before Matt McClure struck twice before the break to put Daggers in front.
It was a result that gave the visitors their first ever win over Northampton in the Football League and moved them out of the bottom two of League Two.
While Burnett was happy to end the Cobblers curse, he was also pleased the result gave him an opportunity to end another more personal one.
“It’s the first time we’ve beaten Northampton as a club and the first time I’ve beaten Chris Wilder who’s a good friend of mine and I like a lot,” said Burnett.
“I think he’s done a fantastic job at Northampton and I’m really pleased I’ve finally beaten him at last.”
It was not the first time this season Daggers had led at the break, having been in front against both Wycombe Wanderers and Stevenage in the first half before drawing.
But unlike those two fixtures, the Victoria Road club were able to hold on to record their first success of the season.
However, there were opportunities for them to increase their advantage further and Burnett was delighted missing those chances did not come back to haunt the team.
“It’s been a long time coming and we should have won at Wycombe and should have probably beaten Stevenage,” he added. “We just couldn’t find that second goal – well we did against Wycombe but it was ruled offside – and today at 2-1 I was thinking are we going to get the third?
“We had a number of chances to put the game to bed and we just couldn’t find it. The longer the game goes on, the more opportunities the home team are going to have. They certainly put us under pressure toward the end but we were resilient.
“We probably didn’t play as much football as I would have liked and we probably haven’t played as much football as I would have liked from the start of the season but we need to win football matches.”
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