Burnett rues missed chances in first half
PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 May 2015
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Daggers squandered several opportunities before falling behind at Exeter
Wayne Burnett was left bemused by his team’s display in their final day defeat away to Exeter City.
Dagenham & Redbridge looked the brighter of the sides in the opening 45 minutes and had the ball in the back of the net through Ashley Chambers, only to for the forward to be ruled offside.
Jimmy Keohane and Tom Nichols struck after the break to put the hosts in the lead before Jamie Cureton’s late consolation redudced the deficit but Burnett was disappointed Daggers did not capitalise on their early dominance.
“I thought we played very well in the first half and were a bit unfortunate not to get a goal,” said Burnett.
“That’s the game. You have to put the ball in the back of the net. We created opportunities but we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
“If it had fallen to our number seven (Cureton) earlier on we might have been a couple goals up.
“It was a strange game really, a game of two halves. We were probably slightly better in the first half then Exeter came out slightly stronger in the second half.”
Cureton’s strike made it 19 league goals for the season and 20 overall for the veteran forward.
And Burnett was quick to praise his influence on the rest of the squad.
“You can’t not learn off of him. It’s no coincidence he’s scored a lot of goals. You’d have to walk around with your eyes shut not to learn anything,” added the Daggers boss.
“He’s a moreish character. He wants to improve still. He’s desperate to score goals.
“It was interesting that the oldest player (Cureton) and the youngest player (Jodi Jones) scored goals in the same game last week (against Accrington).”
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