Daggers boss Burnett - “It’s the worst we have played since I have been in charge”
PUBLISHED: 14:26 01 December 2013 | UPDATED: 14:26 01 December 2013
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett believed he witnessed his side’s worst ever performance since he took over the job, despite the 2-0 home win over Wycombe Wanderers yesterday.
Afolabi Obafemi’s first half strike and a penalty in the second period from Rhys Murphy sealed the points on the day to move Daggers up to eighth place in the table and just four points off league leaders Oxford United.
But the Victoria Road chief was enraged by their performance, especially after Gareth Ainsworth’s side were reduced to 10 men when Anthony Stewart brought down Murphy for the penalty.
“The performance was pathetic,” said Burnett. “We have set standards here now and they weren’t met. Wycombe have gone down to 10 men and they were the better team than us.
“It’s not acceptable. I am absolutely delighted that we have won and it’s no disrespect to Wycombe but it’s the worst we have played since I have been in charge at this football club.
“They were better than us and that’s what I am disappointed with. We have scored two goals but in the second half when they have got 10 men and they are the better team than us.
“It almost looked like we had 10 men at times, and that’s a disappointing thing. We’ll watch the game and analyse it and we’ll learn from it because that’s what we have to do and we’ll continue to learn and continue to progress and develop.”
Burnett had been reasonably content with their first half showing, despite not being at their best.
But it was the lack of reaction he got from his players in the second half that disappointed him the most.
“I thought it was a reasonably tight game and in the first half they probably had one or two better chances than us but we have gone in 1-0 up and I was reasonably happy that we hadn’t played particularly well but went in at half time up front,” he added.
“I said to the players: “What do you think?” And they explained to me what they felt and I couldn’t have agreed more. We looked nervous, panicky, like no-one wanted to spend time on the ball and that is so unlike us and you can probably sense my frustration.”
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