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Daggers boss Burnett hails defensive efforts in Wimbledon win

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Thursday, January 2, 2014
9:00 AM

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett hailed the character of his side after a “backs to the wall” performance for the final 35 minutes of the game.

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.Skipper Abu Ogogo had given the Daggers a 10th minute lead, but Reading loanee Lawson D’Ath was shown his marching orders by referee Carl Berry for a second bookable offence 10 minutes into the second half.

And although Daggers had chances on the counter attack, much of the game was spent with the hosts on the back foot.

However, they dealt with everything which was thrown at them by Neal Ardley’s side and Burnett was pleased to bring a run of four games without a win to an end, while also recording the Daggers first league victory over the Dons in six attempts.

“We didn’t play great,” said Burnett. “I thought Wimbledon were good and I thought our players showed great character, desire and I am absolutely delighted.

“It was very much backs to the wall in the second half, but you look at our group and we are missing two or three players, but that’s why you have got squads for. This group never cease to amaze me.

“It’s a fantastic result for us. We hadn’t one in five games going into this one so we needed it badly.”

Burnett was pleased with his side’s play in the build-up to the first goal and felt they should have extended their advantage before the break, despite Wimbledon having plenty of possession.

“I thought it was a very good goal, we moved it well,” he added.

“Rhys Murphy came in the pocket and played it out to Gavin Hoyte where we were a bit fortunate and it fell to Abu and he’s scored again.

“In the first half I felt we should have added another goal and possibly even two but they looked dangerous putting the ball into the box and Michael Smith is a decent player up top for them.

“We knew if they got the ball in the box that they may hurt us but Chris Lewington, the back four and the whole group were brilliant today.”

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