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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Saturday’s game will certainly live long in the memory for most as Daggers came from 3-0 down to secure a point against league leaders Scunthorpe United at Victoria Road yesterday.
It was a remarkable comeback which defied both the odds and the inclement weather, which temporarily brought the game to a halt late in the day.
Thunder, lightning, rain and wind all arrived at once at Victoria Road, and boss Wayne Burnett couldn’t believe what when on at times.
“I have no idea what has gone on there to be honest with you. All of a sudden we are 3-0 down and we come and get back to 3-3,” said Burnett.
“That’s why this game is beautiful because you never know what’s around the corner. After being 3-0 down you have got to be absolutely delighted with the point and I am. We showed fantastic character to come back.
“We are disappointed that we are 3-0 down but we are playing against a very good team. They showed that today but it’s outstanding from our players.
“It’s a fantastic effort to come back from 3-0 down but I’m disappointed that we’ve given them three goals.
“You can’t do that at home, but I don’t actually feel we have played that poorly today. It’s the old adage that goals change games and they did. You think you are over at 3-0 but not us.”
Had that weather arrived half an hour earlier, the game would have been in serious doubt, but referee Darren Long opted to bring the players back out at 3-2 with six minutes of normal time remaining, and an additional five minutes of stoppage time.
Daggers were in the ascendancy at the time, and you would have thought the break may have helped Scunthorpe regroup.
But the conditions definitely played a part in loanee Luke Norris’ leveller as he managed to squeeze it past Iron goalkeeper Sam Slocombe, but both substitutes Chris Dickson and Sean Shields also had the impact Burnett desired.
He added: “They were really dreadful conditions to play in and at 3-2 when they have taken us off, did anyone leave?
“I felt the conditions were unplayable and it was going to be six minutes plus five of stoppage time so it was 11 and if Scunthorpe had defended like they had done for most of the game it would have been difficult but I can’t praise my players enough.”
“They were brilliant substitutions weren’t they?” Burnett laughed.
“We were down and you try to change it with Shields and Dickson coming on. It was the last throw of the dice, sometimes it works, sometime it doesn’t but it has today.”