Bur­nett’s boys mark new deal with win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Fran­cis Kelly

DA­GEN­HAM manager Wayne Bur­nett cel­e­brated his new two-year con­tract with a wel­learned win over Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley.

Bur­nett put pen to pa­per this week on a deal that will keep him at the club un­til the sum­mer of 2017.

His play­ers were clearly happy with the news as Matt Partridge gave them an early lead be­fore Jamie Cure­ton, Frankie Ray­mond and Jodi Jones goals se­cured the points.

And first team coach Dar­ren Cur­rie paid trib­ute to his boss: “What peo­ple from the in­side see is the hard work Wayne puts in.

“This year we’ve had to dig deep when our backs have been against the wall. Thank­fully we all came through it and found a sys­tem.

“I’m ex­tremely pleased with how we played to­day.We played some nice stuff again.We started very brightly and moved the ball nicely [but we were miss­ing] that lit­tle bit of cut­ting edge in the fi­nal third.

“Even­tu­ally it came with a great ball in from Frank and a great header by Matt, and I think that set­tled ev­ery­one and took us on to the next level.”

The victory was the Dag­gers’ fifth win in ten games and the out­come never looked in doubt when Partridge scored the opener on 20 min­utes. Ray­mond sent a fizzing cor­ner in and Partridge rose high­est, head­ing in from six yards out.

Any con­cern this con- test be­tween two midtable sides might be a leisurely af­fair were soon cor­rected in­side three min­utes of the start when Jones tested Ac­cring­ton goal­keeper Scott Davies.

While the game suf­fered a dip in tempo as the first half came to a close, af­ter the lively Da­gen­ham for­ward Ade Yusuff limped off in­jured, the hosts came out re­ju­ve­nated fol­low­ing half-time.

They re­quired just 71 sec­onds to dou­ble the lead, Cure­ton latch­ing on to a Ray­mond pass and dink­ing past the on­rush­ing Davies.

Ray­mond then capped off a fine per­for­mance when he stepped up and curled a free kick into the bot­tom right­hand cor­ner, prior to Jones giv­ing the home fans one fi­nal cheer as he slammed in from close range. Ac­cring­ton manager John Cole­man re­flected on the de­feat: “You’ve got to take your hat off to Da­gen­ham who were miles bet­ter than us.

“We were sec­ond to ev­ery ball, we didn’t pass it the way we can, we de­fended atro­ciously and we got what we de­served.

“We came up against a team full of con­fi­dence and the goals we con­ceded came at im­por­tant times derailed us.

“To con­cede from the first ball into our box is dis­ap­point­ing. Da­gen­ham didn’t have to do much in the first half to lead.

“I thank the fans for com­ing.”

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