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Defender Femi Ilesanmi is a frustrated as anyone with Dagenham & Redbridge’s away record in League Two this season.

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While they have only lost once at home to date, Wayne Burnett’s side have put in several encouraging showings away from home, but had nothing to show for their efforts.

And after a resolute defensive performance in the second half of their 2-1 loss at league leaders Oxford United on Saturday, Ilesanmi thought it was another away day where they deserved to pick up at least a point.

“The away record is really frustrating. Statistics sometimes don’t tell the full story,” said Ilesanmi.

“We have been good away from home but we haven’t been getting the results to match, so it’s quite frustrating but we have got a nice busy Christmas period and with some away fixtures there hopefully we can get some results on the road.

On the loss at Oxford, he added: “This loss really hurts, it’s like taking a bullet. I thought we deserved something out of the game, at least a point. We defended well and enjoyed the pressure but unfortunately in the 92nd minute it all went to waste and we conceded.”

Ilesanmi bemoaned the Daggers poor start to the game at the Kassam Stadium, and they were fortunate to be just one down.

However, the 22-year-old felt they worked their way back into the game well and deserved the equaliser, which came courtesy of Rhys Murphy.

“I didn’t think they came out strong, I thought we were a bit slow and as the half went on we got better and got into it,” he added.

“They scored early but I thought we did well to work our way back into the game and I feel we deserved the equaliser to be honest.

“There was plenty of defending for us to do in the second half and I thought we were solid and hard to break down but we just lost our concentration for one second and it’s cost us. Football can be a cruel game.”

Murphy has been lapping up the plaudits in taking himself to the top of the League Two goalscoring charts, and for one, Ilesanmi is pleased to be lining up with him, rather than against the Arsenal youth product.

“Rhys has come in and done ever so well,” he remarked. “He’s got so many goals this season and with him in and around the box you always know you’ve got a chance of scoring goals.”

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