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Daggers boss Burnett frustrated by timing of Dave Kitson’s winner for Oxford United

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett has words with the referee. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett has words with the referee. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Sunday, December 15, 2013
2:15 PM

Dagenham & Redbridge manager reacts to yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at Oxford United.

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Dave Kitson of Oxford United celebrates scoring the winning goal yesterday. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTODave Kitson of Oxford United celebrates scoring the winning goal yesterday. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Although Daggers manager Wayne Burnett believed his side didn’t necessarily deserve anything from the game, the lateness of Oxford United’s winner yesterday was bitterly disappointing.

Burnett’s side didn’t have too much to shout about in front of goal throughout the match, but having levelled through striker Rhys Murphy’s 12th goal of the season the Daggers battled gamely in the second period.

And it almost earned them a point but for Dave Kitson’s stoppage time header, and Burnett was made to rue what might have been at the Kassam Stadium.

“I don’t think we necessarily deserved to win the game,” said Burnett. “We contained them for long periods at a time and they put the ball in the box on numerous occasions and we defended well until the very end.

“But football is played over 94/95 minutes sometimes and you have to keep going. I’m disappointed that we come so far and didn’t get anything but we didn’t threaten their goal too much.”

It was a sloppy start to the match for the Daggers, who looked all at sea at the back as the League Two table toppers enjoyed wave after wave of attack, with James Constable acrobatically putting the hosts in front after eight minutes.

It could have been more, but Burnett felt his side regrouped, and praised the wonder strike from Murphy which sent them in at half time at one apiece, somewhat against the run of play.

“We were sloppy all over at the start, some of defending wasn’t great,” he added.

“We were letting balls bounce and not passing it in the way which I know we can but you can’t come to Oxford and not play well and expect to get something.

“But we got better as the half went on and it was a fantastically well-worked goal from Rhys Murphy and a wonderful strike.

“I felt we were a little fortuitous to go in at half time 1-1 but we came out and slightly changed our game plan in terms of us pressing them down differently then we did in the first half.

“They were getting too much room and were being allowed to play and it worked to a degree but it was more of containment.”

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