Boss Burnett bemoans Dagenham’s defensive decision making

NOT HAPPY - Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett
NOT HAPPY - Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett

Wayne Burnett says Dagenham were their ‘own worst enemy’ in their 1-0 defeat to the Cobblers at Sixfields on Saturday.

Town outclassed the Daggers throughout the match to record their second successive win, albeit by a slim margin due to Ricky Holmes’ 61st-minute goal.

The result extends a winless run for the Essex club against Northampton which now stretches to 10 games and they also become only the second team to fall to two defeats to the Cobblers this season, with the other being Exeter City.

Burnett’s side have only scored once in seven games and the manager admitted it was always going to be difficult for them to take something from the game at Sixfields.

“Northampton are a very good side, with the calibre of player they have it was always going to be difficult for us,” he said.

“We were under a bit of pressure early on although they didn’t cause us too many problems as the game went on but at times we were our own worst enemy, especially for their goal.

“We made the wrong decisions at crucial times and it was disappointing not to keep another clean sheet.

“But we haven’t scored in the last four games, Jamie Cureton hasn’t scored for five games, so it was always going to be difficult at a place like Northampton.

“I played with three players in midfield to try and screen the defence because Northampton have some very good players like Marc Richards, John-Joe O’Toole and Ricky Holmes. They had better players on the pitch than we did today and that’s why they won.”

Dagenham slipped into the relegation zone as a result of their loss at Sixfields, but Burnett said: “I know we’re back in the relegation zone but I’ve no doubt we will pick up the points we need to get out of it. We’ll keep battling on, as we always do.”