Burnett: We must do better when attacking

PUBLISHED: 16:30 16 September 2015

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager disappointed with finishing at Brunton Park

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett has urged his players to make the most of their chances after the 2-1 loss at Carlisle United.

Heading into the match at Brunton Park, Daggers had been on a good run of form and were unbeaten in four.

They took an early lead against the Cumbrians through Christian Doidge, before being pegged back 10 minutes before half time.

Carlisle grabbed their winner shortly after the break, but Dagenham had chances to draw themselves level.

Doidge narrowly missed scoring his second after a cross from Ashley Hemmings, who himself wasted a glorious opportunity when free in the penalty area.

Burnett acknowledges his team created chances to earn at least a point at Carlisle and hopes to see improvements soon.

“We’re going to create chances and we have done so. Ashley Hemmings had a great effort in the second half where he’s completely mishit it five yards out,” he said.

“We’ve created chances, but we have to stop conceding. Your attacks are built on your defence. We weren’t solid enough, but we were the other week at Northampton.

“We defended fantastically well in that game, but we didn’t at Carlisle. If you look at the whole of the game, they’ve had chances when we’re chasing, but before that, it was a very even game.”

In an effort to boost his attacking options further, Burnett introduced Zavon Hines and Jodi Jones with just under 25 minutes to go.

The duo injected pace into the attack, but struggled to get on the ball as often as they would have liked.

Hines and Jones replaced Ashley Chambers and Hemmings, who also endured something of a difficult afternoon.

And Burnett openly admits his team were frustrated by the defensive work from Carlisle, who have League Two’s leakiest defence.

“They stayed deep and got men behind the ball,” he added.

“We brought on Zavon and Jodi. We thought it would give us pace down the side and change it. We did get down the sides, but we didn’t have any clear-cut chances. It was very disappointing.”

One positive for Daggers was the support they received on the season’s longest away day as 74 hardy souls made the trip to Brunton Park, but they will be hoping for a better result against Newport at Victoria Road.

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