Bur­nett be­moans his blunt Dag­gers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Flynn

DA­GEN­HAM & Red­bridge man­ager Wayne Bur­nett says he’s un­happy not to get three points as their win­less start to the sea­son con­tin­ued on Satur­day with a draw to Steve­nage.

“We felt we prob­a­bly de­served to nick it,” said Bur­nett.“I didn’t think there was much in the game, it was a tight game, they were prob­a­bly slightly bet­ter than us in the sec­ond half but we had clear-cut chances.

“If we got the sec­ond it might have been a dif­fer­ent game.

“The goal was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we didn’t or­gan­ise quickly enough and from our point of view it was a real sloppy goal and it was just a lack of or­gan­i­sa­tion, lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and dis­ap­point­ing re­ally to con­cede a goal like that.

“I’m un­happy that we haven’t taken three points but in the same breath we haven’t been beaten.”

The Dag­gers started the more dan­ger­ous of the two teams and the break­through even­tu­ally came with a su­perb goal from Ash­ley Hem­mings.

First he re­ceived the ball just out­side the box on the left af­ter some good play from An­dre Bou­caud in the mid­dle, be­fore nudg­ing the ball out of his feet and find­ing the top cor­ner with a pow­er­ful left-footed shot.

Steve­nage looked like they could draw level but Liam O’Brien was forced into a great save af­ter Chris Whelp­dale ap­peared favourite to score from a low driven ball in from the left.

Most of the Dag­gers’ chances fell to Jamie Cure­ton in the sec­ond half and he had two at­tempts in quick suc­ces­sion from in­side the box de­nied, with one headed off the line by Fraser Franks.

Steve­nage came back into the game and the ex­tended pres­sure paid off in the 75th minute when a ball came in from the right to Brett Wil­liams, who headed down to Tom Hitch­cock to slide in and roll the ball into the bot­tom right cor­ner with a clever fin­ish.

The Dag­gers re­acted well though and looked most likely to take the three points from then on­wards, but their search for a first win con­tin­ues. Steve­nage man­ager Teddy Sher­ing­ham, how­ever, was de­lighted to see his side res­cue a point from the match.

“We knew Da­gen­ham were go­ing to be throw­ing ev­ery­thing at us and try­ing as much as they can,” he said.“They’ve got one point af­ter a few games and they want to do bet­ter.

“When you go a goal down in the first half it’s pleas­ing to get a draw out of the game in the end. “I’m de­lighted for Tom [Hitch­cock].

“He’s only had ten and 15 min­utes in each game but when­ever he has come on he has done re­ally well.”

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