York have no answer to ageless Cureton
RUSS WILCOX pulled no punches in his assessment of his York team’s defeat as the Minstermen dropped into the bottom two.
Veteran striker Jamie Cureton struck twice as Dagenham pulled five points clear of their relegation rivals.
Boss Wilcox slammed his side’s performance, calling for drastic improvement if York are to save themselves.
“The performance was poor,” he said. “I’m not going to hide from that fact.We were not good enough. Nowhere near good enough.
“The effort was there from the players, but we lacked a lot of quality and I really feel for everyone at the football club.
“I’m hoping, by going into the bottom two, that the reality of what losing our League status would do to the club, families, the academy and staff will kick in because it needs to.
“It’s a huge blow and not scoring again is worrying. Jamie Cureton had the quality we are lacking.”
In a nervy affair, chances were at a premium early on, with Josh Carson’s low free-kick, which Mark Cousins saved easily, the only chance of note until Cureton’s first goal.
The experienced striker raced on to Billy Bingham’s low pass on 19 minutes and held off Keith Lowe’s weak tackle to break the deadlock with a composed finish.
Malvind Benning saved another certain goal on 43 minutes as Ashley Hemmings looked to finish from a fast counter-attack, which was halted only by the full-back’s tackle.
Cureton doubled the lead on 53 minutes, though, beating the offside trap to race onto Ayo Obileye’s long clearance and lob the onrushing Bobby Olejnik.
The 39-year-old turned provider four minutes later, releasing Alex Jakubiak, but Olejnik saved well and Cureton shot just wide from the rebound.
York threw men forward and substitute Jake Hyde saw a header cleared off the line by Bingham on 88 minutes.
But the Daggers never looked like surrendering their lead, with boss Wayne Burnett running out of superlatives for Cureton.
He said: “What can I say about him that I haven’t said already? His movement is up there with the very, very best.
“He is a nightmare to play against because he plays right on the shoulders of the defenders.You don’t know where he is from a defensive point of view.
“He’s not only a top, top player, still, but he’s always a great guy to have around. He will continue to score goals because his movement is just absolutely superb.
“It’s been a tough week with Rhys Murphy leaving, but I’m very pleased with the performance. It’s a fantastic result.”
STAR MAN JAMIE CURET