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Daggers boss draws positives after thriller

Daggers captain Abu Ogogo (right) celebrates scoring the third goal at Oxford in front of the travelling fans (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO) Daggers captain Abu Ogogo (right) celebrates scoring the third goal at Oxford in front of the travelling fans (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Sunday, August 31, 2014
11:25 AM

Burnett happy to pick up a point at Oxford

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Oxford's Alex Jakubiak celebrates scoring the opening goal against Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Oxford's Alex Jakubiak celebrates scoring the opening goal against Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett declared himself happy with a point after a six-goal thriller at League Two basement boys Oxford.

The Victoria Road club were searching for a third successive victory, following wins over Hartlepool and Mansfield, but needed a wonder goal from captain Abu Ogogo to claim a share of the spoils at the Kassam Stadium.

Burnett felt that was a fair reflection on the game, though, and said: “I think it’s a very, very good point if I’m being perfectly honest with you.

“We’ve come to an Oxford team who are very, very good. They move the ball very, very nicely and they’ve got some very, very good players and to be honest I’m delighted we’ve managed to pick a point up.

Jamie Cureton celebrates scoring the second Daggers goal against Oxford (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Jamie Cureton celebrates scoring the second Daggers goal against Oxford (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

“I think their league position is false, I think once they get going they will be up the top half of the table, I really do believe that because they’ve got some really good players and a good manager who wants to play the game the right way.”

Barely three minutes had been played when Daggers fell behind to a close-range finish from Alex Jakubiak.

But Ashley Hemmings had the visitors back on level terms in the seventh minute and Jamie Cureton put them ahead right at the start of the second half.

Danny Hylton headed the hosts level and then put them 3-2 up from the penalty spot around the hour mark.

However, Ogogo came to the rescue with a dipping 35-yard strike and Burnett added: “We managed to get back in the game quite quickly and it was a very well-worked goal and we’re back on level terms.

“I think the second goal was probably a push on Brian Saah. I spoke to the referee and he gave me his opinion of it and I have to accept it but I’m not sure.

“The players were adamant the third goal was not a penalty, but you have to get on with it. It’s very difficult to deal with, you could see I wasn’t happy to say the least.

“But we’ve shown great character, great spirit and we’ve come back and again a fantastic goal from our captain.

“I had a bet with him last year – not a financial bet! – that he wouldn’t get more than Luke Howell and I think he did and they’re at it again. He’s got three goals, Luke Howell’s got two.

“I’m delighted for him. He’s a perfect player for me. He drives the team forward, he’s competitive, he can pass it, he goes forward, he defends, he’s a complete midfield player, he really is. And he scores goals. He’ll come in on Monday and train like he’s played today and you can’t ask for anything more than that because it shows the young players and the rest of the group that these are the standards we have to adhere to.”

Daggers certainly looked good in possession, with Ashley Chambers impressing alongside Luke Howell in midfield.

And Burnett believes their attacking philosophy is making for plenty of entertainment this season.

He added: ““We had some really, really good chances. We scored three excellent goals, but we also created other chances, certainly two in the first half. Luke Howell’s gone through, and Ashley Chambers, and if they’re a little calmer the result in terms of us getting an attempt at goal may have been different.

“I think a draw was a fair result, but you’d be disappointed if you come away from home, score three goals and only get a point.

“For anyone that was watching the game they would agree it was a fine spectacle of two teams trying to win a football match.”

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