December 10 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett was frustrated at his side’s virtual no show at Mansfield Town on Saturday after suffering a 3-0 defeat at the Field Mill.
Sam Clucas headed the Stags in front after 35 minutes before Jamie McGuire’s long range effort two minutes after the break doubled their lead.
And Paul Cox’s side sealed their first home win back in the Football League when half-time substitute Matt Rhead tapped in from close range with 18 minutes remaining.
Burnett felt his side shaded the first half without really pressurising the home backline and ultimately their defending at set pieces, with the opener coming from a free-kick, cost them once again.
“We go in 1-0 down at half time and I felt we were slightly the better team, certainly possession wise, though we didn’t create too much but was totally in control of the game but the old cliché goals change games and that’s what happened,” said Burnett.
“We’ve played okay and reasonably well in other games but today was a non event. We huffed and puffed and when it got to 3-0 we started to come alive a little bit but it’s easy to play when you are 3-0 down, there’s no pressure or expectation on you.”
And even though the Daggers chief knew Mansfield would bombard them with balls into the box, he believed his side lacked the application that is required.
“Mansfield are going to put the ball in the box, we knew what was coming but you have to defend it,” he added.
“I have got no arguments with the scoreline because they put the ball in the back of the net three times and we didn’t. It is disappointing.”
Knowing Mansfield were a tall team, Burnett opted to switch Scott Doe to right back and bring in Luke Wilkinson for his first start of the season following injury. But the 41-year-old boss admits in hindsight that may have been the wrong move.
“There were better than us and I have got no complaints and I can’t say we should have done this or that,” said Burnett.
“I have changed it slightly because they were a big team where I brought Luke Wilkinson in but it’s down to me and maybe I shouldn’t have changed the team and I’ll hold my hands up to that.
“I can’t think of any positives. We’ve competed in the first half without really doing much in terms of creating chances but we had large possessions of the game and didn’t really look under pressure. They’ve scored three goals and they deservedly won the match.”
Paul Merson was impressed by Everton youngster Ross Barkley in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.