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Daggers boss Burnett - Our game plan worked against Rochdale

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett on the touchline yesterday at Rochdale. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett on the touchline yesterday at Rochdale. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Sunday, February 2, 2014
5:36 PM

Dagenham & Redbridge went to Rochale with a game plan and it worked to a tee, according to manager Wayne Burnett.

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Rhys Murphy’s 13th goal of the season proved the difference between the two sides as Burnett’s team completed a double over the promotion contenders, and record their first away win since October.

They had to soak up plenty of pressure from Keith Hill’s side for much of the game, and a combination of fine goalkeeping from Chris Lewington and a lack of killer instinct in front of goal from Dale saw Daggers keep their .

And though aware they spent much of the game on back foot, Burnett was pleased that all the analysis and homework reaped its rewards to propel them to ninth place in the League Two table.

“We did make hard work of it but we have come to a team who I think are the best team in the league if I am being honest,” said Burnett. “On their day they are certainly the best team we have played.

“I thought they were better than us in the first half but I felt we grew into the game, certainly in the second half and we managed to get the decisive goal.

He added: “We prepare for every game and do our analysis and homework over the course of the week which we did again for this one and it’s gone right today, but sometimes it doesn’t.

“We had a game plan, we knew you couldn’t come to places like this and be expansive. They pass it very well. They absolutely battered us at home and we won, I thought it was a bit of a closer game today, but we are absolutely delighted with the win. What a place to come and get three points!”

Goalkeeper Chris Lewington was kept busy as well and Burnett praised the ‘keeper for his performance, and in particular the first half save from George Donnelly’s close range header.

“He made a fantastic save from their header, it’s a top drawer save,” he remarked.

“They were better than us in the first half but if I look at the game and certainly the second half they didn’t really trouble us a great deal.

“A lot of balls were running through to our goalkeeper and I felt we probably had the better chances in the second half – I might be wrong or a bit biased but that’s how I see it.”

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