Come­back win caps it all off for Wayne

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

WAYNE Bur­nett was left amazed once more and hailed Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge’s ninth-placed fin­ish as a “fan­tas­tic achieve­ment” af­ter they signed off with a come­back win at Chel­tenham.

The un­fan­cied Dag­gers hit back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to win 3-2 at the Robins, sur­pass­ing all pre-sea­son ex­pec­ta­tions.

“I’m led to be­lieve that we fin­ished ninth which is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for this foot­ball club, fin­ish­ing above teams like Ply­mouth and Portsmouth,” Bur­nett said.

“The play­ers never cease to amaze me and have sur­passed all my ex­pec­ta­tions.

“The remit was to stay in the league and we have done that. We were odd­son favourites to go down and prob­a­bly will be next sea­son as well.

“We scored a bit of a for­tu­nate goal to start with but we man­aged to come from be­hind twice which is good.

“At one point out there we had three youth team play­ers on the pitch and that is fan­tas­tic be­cause they are the foun­da­tions to this foot­ball club.

“We can­not go out and buy so we have to pro­duce and de­velop our own play­ers. Our unique sell­ing point is that we have some fan­tas­tic foot­ball coaches.”

Chel­tenham boss Mark Yates ad­mit­ted the way his team slipped to an­other home de­feat summed up a dif­fi­cult sea­son for the Robins, who fin­ished 17th af­ter play-off ap­pear­ances in each of the last two sea­sons.

They started well and took the lead through Steve El­liott’s header from Joe Hanks’ free-kick in the 17th minute.

But it all started to go wrong when Sido Jombati scored a far­ci­cal own goal, chip­ping over debu­tant goal­keeper Con­nor Roberts in the 21stminute.

“We were 1-0 up play­ing well and have you ever seen an own goal like it? ”Yates said. “I have no idea what Sido was do­ing and I felt sorry for Con­nor, who knew he couldn’t han­dle it, but maybe he should have given the in­di­rect free-kick away.

“We played some good stuff in the first half, but we looked a bit leggy in the sec­ond and it was a com­plete sum­ming up of our sea­son.We had a de­cent penalty shout be­fore their third goal, but I am not go­ing to com­plain about that.

“We have a few young boys a game and they did ex­actly what we asked of them apart from the goals we con­ceded, which we all poor.

“We have some talent and it’s up to us to nur­ture it and get the best out of it. The young lads weren’t the prob­lem.We will now re­flect on it and see where we go.”

STAR MAN ABU OGOGO Da­gen

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