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Buoyant Wayne Burnett on cloud nine for Dagenham and Redbridge

31 March 2014

Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett described himself as 'absolutely ecstatic' after a fortuitous late goal saw them beat Oxford 1-0.

The Daggers secured their first home win since January 1 when Daggers midfielder Luke Howell saw his strike from the edge of the area smash into Michael Raynes before deflecting over the stranded United goalkeeper Ryan Clarke via the knees of Matt Bevans.

Burnett said "I'm absolutely ecstatic we've managed to get a win eventually. It hasn't been for the want of trying, but it was a bit fortuitous to say the least but we'll take it any way we can.

"I thought we had the lion's share of the position without really troubling them and I didn't think they really troubled us. Certainly in the second half, they probably came out a little bit better and then we really grew into the game. I thought we passed it ok at times without really hurting them.

"It was a very, very fortunate goal, Luke Howell's had a shot which hit their defender and come back and I believe that it's hit him and looped over the goalkeeper. It's a cruel way for Oxford to lose the game, but for us to score in the 89th minute is fantastic and we're delighted about that."

Oxford head coach Gary Waddock could not hide his disappointment with the manner in which his side suffered defeat.

"To concede a goal like that in the 89th minute is very cruel, and sometime this game can be cruel," he said.

"Early on in the game, we had to be solid obviously after the performance and result at Southend on Monday night and then as the game opened up we grew into it and we got more confidence and we created a few chances.

"But to concede a goal like that is very hard to take."

The visitors were forced into a change before kick-off, when Alfie Potter, originally named in the starting line-up, suffered a quadricep injury during the warm up.

Waddock said "When things are going against you, these things happen. He's (Potter) gone out for a warm up and at the end he's had a shot and felt his quad and wasn't in a fit state to start the game so we had to make some adjustments. And when things are going against you, everything seems to turn."


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