August 21 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett admitted Elliot Richards’ late leveller was a bitter pill to take after a solid performance from the Daggers at Exeter City yesterday.
They were seconds away from recording back-to-back wins at St James’ Park after Luke Norris and Medy Elito found the net following Tom Nichols’ first half opener for the Grecians.
But disaster struck late on when a mistake from goalkeeper Chris Lewington allowed substitute Richards’ effort to cross the line.
And though it could have been altogether different, Burnett was pleased with the showing from his side.
“I thought we had the three points in the bag and three valuable ones at that,” said Burnett.
“We played all right today. I thought our performance was good and we were better than them in the first half.
“They came out for the second half and for the first 15-20 minutes were better than us but it was a good performance from us today.
He added: “I felt we moved the ball well at times but we were still relinquishing possession a little too easy at times.
“It’s unfortunate that we have come so far and so close. Ninety seconds and they equalise. That’s the disappointing thing but it’s not an easy place to come.”
The Daggers chief was disappointed for Lewington’s error to prove so crucial, but insisted that’s the nature of his position.
“I just said to the group, every single player that has played on that football pitch today has made a mistake,” he added.
“Unfortunately he’s made a mistake which has cost us a goal. Because he’s so close to the goal if he does make a mistake you can concede goals. But we win, lose and draw together.
“He’s won us games on his own at times this season so you have to take the rough with the smooth.”
Brian Saah won Daggers the penalty which Elito slotted away to give them the lead, after being adjudged to have been pulled back by Exeter City skipper Danny Coles.
Burnett admitted he didn’t see it, and while there was no appeals from the Daggers players, felt referee David Phillips gave them little chance to do so.
“I didn’t see whether it was a penalty or not,” he said.
“I don’t think there were too many appeals from us but he gave it quite quickly so I don’t know if they did have time to appeal.”