Cureton surprised with captain’s role

PUBLISHED: 19:00 06 May 2015

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge refuses to celebrate scoring against former club Exeter (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge refuses to celebrate scoring against former club Exeter (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Striker was named skipper for final match of the season

Jamie Cureton admits being handed the captain’s armband on his return to former club Exeter City caught him off guard.

The striker was given the role of leading the Daggers in Devon despite the appearance of regular skipper Abu Ogogo in the starting XI.

Cureton said he had not been expecting it and it was a happy moment for him at his old stamping ground.

“I was a little bit surprised. We had a meeting the other day and the manager mentioned it,” said the forward.

“I think it was probably because I was going back to an old club and he thought it was a nice thing to do for me.

“It was a nice touch from him and it was a shame that we didn’t win. That’s the only downside.”

Cureton scored the Londoners’ only goal in the final minute of their 2-1 defeat against the Grecians.

The loss scuppered the team’s hopes of finishing in the top half of League Two for the second straight season and the evergreen frontman admitted it left everyone a little deflated.

“We’re disappointed. We wanted to finish the season on a high. We wanted to finish in the top half of the table,” added Cureton.

“We went to Exeter with intentions to do very well. I thought we played okay in the first half. Second half, the goals conceded weren’t great and we were opened up a lot. It’s disappointing.”

Cureton’s stoppage-time effort, which was cheered by both sets of fans, took him on to 20 goals in all competitions.

It was his 19th in League Two and saw him finish two goals shy of top scorer Matt Tubbs of Portsmouth, which the 39-year-old was devastated about.

“I think I missed out on a couple for the golden boot so I’m a bit frustrated. I had chances throughout the season, but to get 20 goals is great,” he added.

“Nobody expected it. The players and staff – everyone’s been great and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It’s nice to finish on a goal. I’m sure Exeter are quite happy because they beat us, so me scoring and them winning was probably a perfect result for them. It’s been nice and I’ll enjoy the summer before going again next year.”

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