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League Two

Burnett hails Daggers collective

1 January 2014

Manager Wayne Burnett praised his Dagenham & Redbridge squad following the 1-0 home win over AFC Wimbledon.

Abu Ogogo's goal gave the Daggers a winning start to 2014 but they finished the game with 10 men after Lawson D'Ath was sent off early in the second half.

A delighted Burnett said: ``I thought our group, and I say group because it wasn't just the 11 it was the whole group, were absolutely fantastic.

"I thought they worked incredibly hard. Did we play great? No, but I thought they were good, Wimbledon, I've got to be honest and I thought our players showed great character, great desire and I was absolutely delighted.

"We're missing two or three key players, but that's why we've got a squad and this group never ceases to amaze me."

The only goal of the match came from a move that pleased the manager.

He added: "I thought it was a very good goal. Certainly in the first half I think we should have maybe had another or even two, but they looked dangerous."

The Daggers started brightly but survived an early scare, with central defender Scott Doe clearing George Francomb's effort off the line. But in truth Dagenham should already have been out of sight by then.

Twice the Wimbledon defence was sliced open by clinical attacking, but the Dons had defender Andrew Frampton to thank for keeping the deficit to just a single goal.

The home side started the second half brightly too, but Daggers midfielder D'Ath was shown a red card in the 57th minute following a second bookable offence. And to add insult to injury Burnett was also sent to the stands late on.

However, the Dons' could not make the most of their numerical advantage, seeing goalkeeper Chris Lewington and his Dagenham defenders in inspired form to seal the points.

Dons boss Neal Ardley was clearly disappointed with the manner in which his side lost.

He said: "I look at it (the game) and I wonder whether I'm being biased or not but I thought for large parts, even it was 11 vs 11, we dominated.

``I'm trying to make us a threat going forward. I'm working hard to get players into positions, but we're just not doing enough at the minute and it's frustrating.

"We caused ourselves one or two problems by switching off at the back on breakaways, but it's frustrating. When I looked at us play Mansfield and maybe periods in the Southend game I questioned whether we had enough of an attacking threat.

"I've tried to do something about that and the last couple of games we've looked good going forward, but we've just got to take the lead and convert the chances we're creating."

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