We’ll get mo­men­tum back says Bur­nett

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By Sean David­son

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.”


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