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Wayne Burnett hails Dagenham and Redbridge loanee Luke Norris

29 January 2014

Dagenham and Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett saluted loan ace Luke Norris as the in-form striker bagged his second goal in as many games since joining the club from Brentford in the 1-1 draw with Southend United.

The 20-year-old struck a late equaliser in Saturday's thrilling 3-3 draw against Scunthorpe United and repeated the feat to deny another side chasing promotion.

Burnett said: "Fair play to Luke. He's a classy young player with a real eye for goal.

"You can see he's learned well at Brentford. He's a level-headed young lad and he's got a bright future in the game.

"He stuck his goal away really well, and I guess I'm just glad that we've been able to get him here in the first place.

"I felt we deserved a point again just as we had done on Saturday against Scunthorpe. We came up against another top side and we've gone toe-to-toe with them.

"Credit to the groundsmen for getting the game on in the first place, but I think the fans that turned out will have enjoyed it.

"I know these players will always give it everything, whatever the conditions, so credit to them all."

Southend had gone in front courtesy of Kevan Hurst's 11th goal of the season, though they weren't able to hang on for what would have been a priceless three points.

However, boss Phil Brown was at least pleased to have extended the club's unbeaten run to eight games as they continue to push for promotion.

Brown said: "We just have keep going. We're heading towards the home straight now, and we're still in a really good position.

"It was always going to be a tricky away test here but I thought we played really well in the first half, without gaining any reward.

"It was great to see Kevan fire us in front, though. He's been terrific for us this season, and to get as many goals as he has from that wide position is excellent.

"It's just about trying to maintain this bit of momentum now.

"I know there was the disappointment of the Hull game at the weekend, but we've bounced back pretty well.

"It's really tough and so close at the top. It's going to be quite an exciting end to the season and the promotion and play-offs are probably going to go the wire."

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