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Daggers striker Cureton: It was almost the perfect away performance at Burton Albion

16:48 18 August 2014

Dagenham & Redbridge

Dagenham & Redbridge's Jamie Cureton comes up against Alex MacDonald of Burton Albion during Saturday's game. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

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Dagenham & Redbridge forward Jamie Cureton admitted they were six minutes away from picking up a great result at Burton Albion.

However, from 1-0 up they shipped two goals, both from Brewers’ Billy Kee and they were left to contemplate their second successive League Two defeat.

And despite all their good work throughout the encounter Cureton, who netted the Daggers goal in the first half, felt they threw the game away.

“We are disappointed,” said Cureton.

“With six minutes of normal time you are 1-0 up, it’s perfect. It’s exactly what we wanted and we had done all we could until a lapse in concentration.

“I’m not sure it was a penalty but after conceding that you at least then want to see the game out at 1-1 to take a point.

“But to then concede again is criminal from our point of view. The boys are gutted.”

Daggers had shipped nine goals in their previous two encounters, but had looked a lot more solid at the back until the final few moments.

And Cureton feels gutted, particular for the backline after a big effort to keep the Brewers out.

“I thought defensively as a unit we were very good. Saah and Doe were brilliant with Matty and Jack as well,” he added.

“They were great as a back four, it’s a shame because they have been putting their body on the lines and to concede two, they are more gutted than anyone else at the moment.

“That is football though and when you look at it, we could have done a lot better to stop these two goals.”

Cureton believed it was a much-improved performance from their opening-day showing in the 3-0 home loss to Morecambe, and despite registering his first league goal, admitted it was scant consolation.

“We performed a hell of a lot better than we did in the first game of the season, but it is about results,” he remarked.

“No matter how well you play, if you are not winning games, it is pointless.

“It’s a loss and though it is always nice to score goals, first and foremost I want to win games.

“If I am scoring and we are winning it’s great. Goals are a bit insignificant when you are losing.

“They go on the tally but it’s not about me and the goal tally, it’s about us winning games. Confidence wise it is great for me but for what we want to achieve, three points is more important.”

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