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Daggers boss Burnett after Fleetwood defeat – “It’s a goal as far as I am concerned”

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett cuts a frustrated figure on the sidelines in yesterday's 1-0 home loss to Fleetwood Town. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett cuts a frustrated figure on the sidelines in yesterday's 1-0 home loss to Fleetwood Town. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Sunday, January 12, 2014
3:00 PM

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett was angered as he saw his side denied a clear goal late on in their 1-0 home loss to Fleetwood Town yesterday.

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They were trailing following David Ball’s 76th minute goal, but the hosts were denied with a minute to go when striker Rhys Murphy looked to have netted the equaliser.

Fleetwood skipper Mark Roberts did his best to get back and clear the effort off the line, and was adjudged to have done so by the linesman, much to the anger of Burnett.

“It’s a goal, their goalkeeper has said it is over the line, their centre half is saying it’s over the line,” said the Daggers boss.

“How the linesman can’t see it I don’t know. Even I am thinking from where I stand it’s over the line.

“I can’t work it out and I have got to be careful with what I say but it’s a goal as far as I am concerned.”

Aside from Ball’s goal, the visitors failed to threaten the Daggers in a dominant second half performance from the hosts.

Chances came and went though for the hosts, and that meant the Victoria Road chief was even more frustrated by the lapse in concentration which led to the Fleetwood goal.

“I thought we were better in the second half, but I thought the first half they were the better side and they had more possession than us,” he added.

“We came out in the second half and were on the front foot where we had corner after corner. A shot from Zavon Hines took a deflection, Brian Saah has missed a free header and Scott Doe has also had a header.

“They had one chance in the second half and scored. We switched off again and I keep saying it every week. It wasn’t a mistake, more a lack of concentration and they’ve scored from their one chance.”

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