Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Swindon Town 0
Delight for Daggers, but Di Canio rages at the referee.
Daggers assistant manager Wayne Burnett was delighted to see his side bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to AFC Wimbledon with a gritty three points against Swindon on Tuesday night.
A penalty 20 minutes from time, scored by captain Mark Arber, was enough to seal Dagenham’s first home win of the new campaign.
And Burnett felt the win was just reward for an improved all-round performance.
“We didn’t play particularly well on Saturday, but we were much better tonight and earned a good three points,” he said.
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“It was a good team effort, we worked extremely hard collectively. I thought we played OK in the first half, I thought it was quite a tight affair, but we knew that if we could up the tempo in the second half, we could put them under a little bit more pressure and I felt we did that, certainly in the second half and we had put on a bit more pressure and it paid off.
“A great bit of individual skill from Tomlin earned the penalty, which Arber dispatched quite nicely.
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“We certainly created more chances tonight than we did on Saturday, we have a lot of new players that have come into the team, but the players that played tonight did fantastically well.
“The staff were much more pleased with the performance tonight.”
Brian Woodall and Raffaele De Vita had gone closest to opening the scoring for their respective sides in a largely uneventful first 45 minutes, which sparked into life on the stroke of half time.
De Vita appeared to be fouled from behind by defender Scott Doe, but referee Carl Berry waved away the furious appeals to leave Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio livid.
And the former West Ham striker was incensed further on 70 minutes when Paul Caddis was penalised for a trip on Gavin Tomlin.
Arber made no mistake from the spot to seal the win.
A furious Di Canio said: “Don’t ask me anything about the referee because otherwise I’ll go to prison for one year.It was absolutely incredible what’s happened.
“De Vita is in front of the goal, then the player tackles him from behind without touching the ball, he took both legs with a nasty tackle, it should have been a penalty and a red card. But we didn’t deserve to win in the first half.
“Their penalty, it was incredible. Paul Caddis flicked the ball two yards wide from the opponent and he dived, like in a swimming pool, it’s incredible he receives a yellow card.
“It was a bad, bad day for the referee, but anyway we should have played better before, but even on a bad day if you deserve to have a penalty you should have.
“Even with the way we have played in my opinion we didn’t deserved a point because we should have played much better.”