We’ll get momentum back says Burnett
DAGENHAM & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett believes the tide is turning at Victoria Road, despite this goalless draw in the FA Cup with Morecambe.
Joss Labadie ran the show for the home side as they looked for a first win in seven games.
But it wasn’t to be as they drew a home FA Cup tie for the sixth successive time, although Burnett is adamant the future is brighter for the League Two basement boys.
“I wasn't disappointed at all, not one bit,” he said. “We are playing against a decent Morecambe team who are very organised and have some good players and have been on a good run and I thought we were slightly the better team.
“I thought my players worked hard, didn't create that many chances but nor did they, we kept a clean sheet so I’m going to take the positives from it.
“I thought Joss Labadie and James Dunne were very good, they drove the team forward and we got in some decent positions at times but we probably didn’t capitalise enough.
“Confidence and momentum are big things and sometimes you get that from winning, so if we win a game hopefully that can materialise.”
A mistake from Morecambe centre-half Andy Parrish gifted Jamie Cureton the first clear opening of the game but a heavy first touch from the forward allowed Barry Roche to rush off his line to squander any threat.
Jake Mulraney provided the first real test of Roche on the half hour mark as he picked the ball up on the left hand corner off the box before dropping his shoulder to beat his man and firing a right footed effort towards the far post.
Labadie dominated the midfield for Dagenham, and he started the second half as he finished the first, picking the ball up in the middle of the park before driving towards the Morecambe penalty area, only to fail to hit the target with his powerful strike.
Alan Goodall let fly a thunderous effort just over the bar before Mark Cousins turned Tom Barkhuizen’s volley from a corner around the post as the visitors pressed.
But on 70 minutes the hosts put together the best move of the game. Justin Hoyte broke from his own half, played a clever onetwo with Kyle Vassell but saw his effort well saved by Roche before Cureton failed to hit the target with the rebound.
Morecambe manger Jim Bentely said: “It wasn’t pretty, it was probably the worst pitch I've seen down here, I didn't see much football played.
“They've made good signings over the last couple of weeks which is bound to give any club a lift. They battled and we battled and there was a couple of talking points, I think we had slightly the better chances in the game.
“There was room for improvement but there were positives there too.”
STAR MAN JOSS LABADIE Dagenham