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Wayne Burnett not ruling out Play-Offs for Dagenham and Redbridge

12 March 2014

Dagenham and Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett would not be pressed on his side's play-off chances after an impressive away success at Bristol Rovers.

A goal in each half from striker Adebayo Azeez halted Rovers' recent revival after the hosts had gone ahead through John-Joe O'Toole's 15th goal of the season.

Burnett was delighted with his team's efforts, but coy about their chances of a top-seven finish.

"Win our game in hand and we are only a few points off the play-offs, so we have to think about them,`` said Burnett, whose side are six points behind seventh-placed Southend.

"But it's the sort of league where if you lose three on the trot you can find yourself in trouble. Suddenly our away form is better than our home form and we need to address that.

"At the start of the season we were odds on favourites to be relegated so I am delighted where we are with a young group who are learning all the time.

"Adebayo Azeez works so hard for any success he achieves. He took his goals well and I felt we controlled the game for much of the time.

"Rovers have been in excellent form so it is a terrific result for us."

O'Toole headed in a Lee Brown cross following a short corner after seven minutes to put the home side in front

The Daggers looked slick going forward and equalised midway through the first half when Azeez found room to nod in a Medy Elito corner.

The skilful forward grabbed the winner in the 58th minute, shooting high into the roof of the net after a Luke Norris pass had put him through.

Azeez had earlier forced a fine first-half save from Steve Mildenhall after a clever turn inside the box, while Rovers went close through a David Clarkson free-kick which was well saved by Chris Lewington.

Kaid Mohamed headed just wide for the hosts from another Brown cross just before the interval.

The second half brought chances for both teams, with Norris firing over and substitute Steven Gillespie shooting narrowly wide for Rovers.

Rovers manager John Ward said: "It was After the Lord Mayor's Show for us following a really good display on Saturday..

"We had gone six games unbeaten before this and couldn't quite extend that. Too many players were below par.

"Perhaps there was an element of tiredness. We were not as sharp as we have been in recent games so we cannot have any complaints.

"I tried to freshen things up with some substitutions, but it didn't work out for us.

"We have picked ourselves up from setbacks before and I have no doubt the players will do so again because they are a strong group."


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