WAYNE WILL TAKE POINTS ANY WHICH WAY
EXETER CITY......0 DAG & RED ........1
DAGENHAM interim boss Wayne Burnett admits he doesn’t care how the points come, so long as his side keep on picking them up.
Scott Doe’s early goal gave the Daggers a crucial lead which saw them drag themselves up to 17th in the table, five points clear of the drop zone.
With plenty of teams bunched at the bottom of the table, the Londoners now have some much-needed breathing space and Burnett claims the win was overdue after Monday’s defeat to Bristol Rovers.
“We got it spot on, we didn’t get it so spot on last week,” said Burnett.
“It was an awesome display by our players – I can’t praise them enough.
“We didn’t play brilliantly well, but the performance was brilliant.
“You have those games when you are fighting for your lives and we’ll take them anyway we can.
“It’s a difficult place to come, I know they (Exeter) haven’t been on a great run of form – but I know Paul Tisdale very well and he gets his teams playing some excellent football and they’ve got some very good players.”
Exeter were forced into an early change on three minutes when right-back Kevin Amankwaah limped off and was replaced by Aaron Dawson.
They were still dozing when in the fifth minute centre-back Doe powered home a Matthew Saun- ders corner. Dagenham then dominated the proceedings as Medy Elito blasted over from distance on 26 minutes.
In the 42nd minute, the visitors were awarded a free-kick after on loan wide man Toni Silva was tripped on the edge of the area by Tommy Doherty.
Saunders stepped up to take the free-kick, only to be denied by Grecians keeper Artur Krysiak.
In the second half, Saunders went close again from a free-kick as he cleared the cross bar with an in-swinging effort on 53 minutes.
The Grecians came agonisingly close to an equaliser in the 72nd minute when Danny Coles connected with a Craig Woodman free-kick, only to be denied by the reflexes of Daggers keeper Jordan Seabright.
On 87 minutes,Woodman fired a free-kick straight into the arms of Seabright as the Grecians slumped to a third straight defeat.
Exeter boss Paul Tisdale said: “It’s just been a very bad, a really bad week and I’ve just stood in the dressing room listening to the players, it’s the first time I’ve really heard them say too much.
“We conceded an early goal and I’d like to think that we would have got a goal back. “It was a hard ask and the players put a huge amount of effort in, but it was disjointed and that is what has ended up costing us.”
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