Lady Luck smiles on Bur­nett’s Dag­gers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer

DA­GEN­HAM and Red­bridge boss Wayne Bur­nett ad­mit­ted the Dag­gers needed luck on their side to end a three-match los­ing streak with a point at Chel­tenham Town.

Jamie Cure­ton put the Dag­gers ahead against his old club be­fore sub­sti­tute Joe Hanks res­cued a point for Chel­tenham in the 87th minute.

Da­gen­ham were in­debted to some fine goal­keep­ing from Mark Cousins and Chel­tenham also hit the wood­work twice be­fore fi­nally end­ing their three-match goal drought.

“I have never ques­tioned the lads’ work ethic and this group give you ev­ery­thing they have and I can’t fault them for that,” Bur­nett said.

“We rode our luck a lit­tle, but when you come to Chel­tenham you are pleased with a point. Would I have taken it be­fore the game? Prob­a­bly.”

Cure­ton net­ted for the fourth time this sea­son against the club he left in the sum­mer and Bur­nett praised the 39-year-old for his in­flu­ence.

“Scor­ing goals is what Jamie Cure­ton does and he has 262 ca­reer goals now I be­lieve,” Bur­nett said.

“He wants to get to 300 and I’ve had to tell him goals in train­ing don’t count! But he’s a nat­u­ral scorer and he may be 39 now, but doesn’t play like it. Peo­ple want to be around him and he is in­fec­tious. I also thought Joss Labadie came in and worked in­cred­i­bly hard and while we haven’t played great, some­times you need that bit of luck.”

Chel­tenham boss Mark Yates was re­lieved to see his side end their long wait to find the net.

“I am pleased for the team and the sup­port­ers, who stuck with us and we re­ally needed to get that goal,” Yates said.

“We had nu­mer­ous chances, with John Mar­quis a real threat ev­ery time he got into the box. We hit the bar twice and their keeper has made a few saves. “It was frus­trat­ing to con­cede in the way that we did, but their plan was to sit and de­fend and it was an ex­cel­lent strike from Jamie.

“The key is the tempo we started with, which was ex­cel­lent. After they scored for the last 25 min­utes we were also de­cent, but the mid­dle of the game wasn’t as good.”

Cousins de­nied John Mar­quis twice in the open­ing 20 min­utes. But Trevor Car­son had to be at his best at the other end to keep out Ash­ley Cham­bers’ de­flected shot.

Ash­ley Hemming set up Cure­ton in the 58th minute, with the veteran skip­ping away from Matt Tay­lor and firinng in.

Zack Kotwica hit the bar for Chel­tenham but when Jor­dan Wyn­ter’s strike can­noned back off the wood­work with three min­utes left, Hanks was on hand to en­sure hon­ours fin­ished even.

STAR MAN LUKE HOWEL

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