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Wayne Burnett frustrated by Dagenham and Redbridge

8 February 2014

Dagenham and Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett admitted his out-of-sorts side deserved nothing from their 2-0 home defeat to Hartlepool United.

Second-half goals from Luke Williams and Andy Monkhouse dented Dagenham's play-off hopes but far from derailed them at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium.

"I'm very disappointed with the performance, I felt we got what we deserved," admitted Burnett

"It was very frustrating, we looked as though we were a different team than in recent weeks.

"We didn't get going, didn't look threatening at times and weren't good enough.

"They (Hartlepool) defended well, they were organised and the first goal was always going to change the game. They got it and we didn't."

Rhys Murphy had a goal disallowed after referee Steve Rushton awarded a foul to the visitors.

And to add insult to injury Middlesborough loanee Williams pounced with 21 minutes remaining to put United on course for a battling win.

"I didn't think it was a foul, but the referee's not given it (the goal) so you can't comment on that," added Burnett. "He's not going to change his mind so there's nothing you can do about it.

"I'm disappointed because we've played very well at times over the last two or three weeks, but we just didn't seem to get going. There was no tempo, no intensity or no spark.

"We didn't have that urgency, but these players have been fantastic and I can't fault them because they continue to be fantastic. I can't knock them for that.

"But we have to be better at times. If you don't play well and don't take your chances, well then you don't deserve anything."

Striker Williams pounced in the 69th minute before Monkhouse netted with a minute remaining to secure three valuable points for United in their quest to break into the top seven.

The north-east club are still nine points adrift of the play-off places but their first victory in three games gave their travelling supporters plenty to smile about.

Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper was understandably delighted with his side and especially the spirit they showed to get maximum points on their travels.

"It's a great win for us, I'm really proud of the players for that performance," praised Cooper.

"We were solid all afternoon and I thought we dominated the second half.

"We knew it was going to be a tough ask for us because Dagenham have been playing well and have been having a good season.

"But I thought we created some good chances and were unlucky not to have scored in the first half.

"We kept going, though, and then Luke's scored a good goal, which has given us that platform to get the win.

"And it was nice Andy scored at the end to make sure of the points because at 1-0 up the game's not put to bed.

"It's a good win for us, but hopefully we can build on this now and go on a decent run."


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