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Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett hailed his side’s never-say-die attitude as their 10 men ground out a point in the 1-1 draw at Burton Albion on Saturday.

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Lawson D’Ath opened his account for the club with a fine strike on the stroke of half time to give the Daggers the lead.

But they spent most of the second half defending for their lives after left back Jack Connors was shown the marching orders for a second bookable offence.

On top of that his replacement Femi Ilesanmi picked up an injury and despite all the upheaval, Burnett’s side showed their battling qualities to come away with a point against a side contending for promotion.

“We had to dig deep,” said Burnett. “You come to Burton and it is hard enough with 11 but we were reduced to 10.

“Again we showed great character, our never say die attitude was in evidence and we have managed to hang on.

“We did threaten them once but that was the only time in the second half and we were under pressure but we held firm, were resilient and got a good point in the end.”

On Connors dismissal, the Daggers boss felt the defender was a little naïve, but praised his form over the course of the season having been promoted to the first team at the start of the campaign.

“Jack’s done fantastically well this season,” added Burnett. “He is learning and I have been pleased with him. Over the last 3-4 games he has been good.

“He’s made a tackle and he’s put his hands on his head as if to say I’ve made a mistake you need to book me.

“He’s lacked a little experience but he’s out of the youth team he’s 19. There’s naivety there, I said you have got to get up and walk away as if nothing has happened because he may not have seen that.”

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