Goal-shy Labadie ends his drought

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alan Sy­mons

WAYNE Bur­nett wants Da­gen­ham to turn Vic­to­ria Road into a fortress after two goals from Joss Labadie en­sured they saw off York City.

Labadie struck in each half – his first goals since join­ing from Torquay United in the sum­mer – to give the Dag­gers their first win for over a month.

And while Bur­nett felt his side have not been at their best, he was re­lieved to see a change in their for­tunes.

"I think it was a very pro­fes­sional per­for­mance and a very work­man like per­for­mance,” he said.

“We've prob­a­bly played bet­ter in pre­vi­ous weeks and haven't got re­sults but I was very pleased that we man­aged to pick up three points.

“Joss Labadie's got two goals which is ex­tremely pleas­ing but the most pleas­ing thing for me is that we man­aged to keep a clean sheet be­cause we haven't done that of late .

“This group of play­ers have a fan­tas­tic work ethic and they showed that again.

"We have to build on this and cap­i­talise on our home form and we have to pick up more points and hope­fully push our­selves up the ta­ble.”

York started well and Michael Coul­son shot nar­rowly over after be­ing found by Wes Fletcher be­fore Marvin McCoy tested Mark Cousins.

Against the run of play the Dag­gers opened the scor­ing after 35 min­utes. Ash­ley Cham­bers worked his way into the box be­fore cross­ing to Labadie who fin­ished beyond York goal­keeper Michael Ing­ham.

The vis­i­tors had a penalty ap­peal turned away shortly be­fore half­time but they came out strongly after the break, Dave Win­field flash­ing a header nar­rowly wide on 58 min­utes.

But the Dag­gers ex­tended their lead four min­utes later when Cham­bers found Labadie with a pin­point free-kick with the mid­fielder head­ing home. The vis­i­tors pressed for a con­so­la­tion but they rarely threat­ened Cousins and man­ager Nigel Wor­thing­ton ad­mits his side are not mak­ing things easy for them­selves.

"Up to an hour at 1-0 we were very much in the game, with three or four clear cut chances and good balls com­ing in across the box and the sec­ond goal goes in and game over,” he said.

“At the mo­ment we are find­ing it hard, we're mak­ing hard work for our­selves through the de­ci­sions we are mak­ing and that’s some­thing that we have got to con­tinue to look at work­ing on.

"Two weeks ago, preBur­ton we looked a half de­cent side and at the mo­ment, in the last fort­night we look a less than av­er­age side. It isn't good enough but we've got to keep work­ing, keep plug­ging away and go from there."

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