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Wayne Burnett hails Dagenham and Redbridge character

15 February 2014

Dagenham boss Wayne Burnett praised his players for their resilience as they battled to a 1-1 draw at Burton after being reduced to 10 men.

After Lawson D'ath had fired the Daggers in front, teenage full-back Jack Connors was sent off in the 55th minute for his second yellow card of the afternoon - both for fouls on pacy winger Zeli Ismail.

Substitute Billy Kee duly stepped off the bench to grab an equaliser for Albion before Robbie Weir came closest to all three points when he hit the woodwork in injury time.

Burnett said: "It was a very, very tough game in the end but my players showed fantastic character and a never-say-die attitude.

"I felt we were in control and scored a very, very good goal, but the sending-off changed the game."

Burnett added: "I thought we were more than a match for them 11 v 11, but the referee felt he had no choice but to send Jack off and that changed the complexion of the game.

"He's a young boy playing at left-back and he's done fantastically well since stepping up from the youth team

"Jack made a tackle and showed a bit of naivety by putting his hand on head as if to say 'I've made a mistake and you can send me off'.

"Gary Rowett has done a fantastic job at Burton. He's got some very good football players and we knew it was going to be tough, so to get a point with 10 men is no mean achievement."

Burton assistant manager Kevin Summerfield had mixed emotions after the clash but was left to rue the fact Albion were forced to come from behind once again this term.

"We said before the game how important it was to get the first goal," he said.

"It's something we haven't done particularly well for most of the season but we're still eking out results.

"You've got to give credit to the opposition because they're a really resilient team, who are a lot tougher than they were last season and they've got a better system.

"They've got some character about them and once they got that first goal, which was an unstoppable shot, they had something to hang on to.

"Possibly we were allowed back into the game when they went down to 10 men - and it it could be a very important point come the end of the season."

Summerfield continued: "You're never happy with one point, but you have to give the opposition praise for the way they played.

"The good thing is that we've kept our unbeaten run going and we're still up there not too far off the top three."

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