Date: 10th March 2014 at 3:32am
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Manager Wayne Burnett has said that Exeter’s late equaliser in our last match was tough to swallow because he believes our performance more than merited a return of all three points.

Exeter did take the lead in the game shortly after the half hour mark, but Dagenham battled back valiantly to be two one in front as we headed into the final 15 minutes of the match, and an injury time sucker punch cost us an extra two points on the day.

Speaking to the press following the match our gaffer explained that everyone, him included, were gutted and disappointed at the final whistle and whilst he told the players it was fine to feel like that, he was adamant they shouldn’t feel disappointed with their showing or their efforts over the course of 90 minutes.

‘Being 2-1 up with 90 seconds to go, is a bit hard to take, but it is football, you have to accept it. I said to the players ‘be disappointed with the result but don’t be disappointed with the performance.’

Burnett echoes what he said before the game about Exeter not being an easy team to face nor St James’ Park being an easy place to go so he knew it was going to be a tough encounter anyway, but having shaded it as we did once we got ourselves back on level terms especially he did feel we were going to go on and win the match, but now we have to take the positives from can from the game and make them count for more in the midweek fixture.

One of the positives for the gaffer was the way we played, as he felt it was a decent footballing game from both sides, but he did quibble with how easily we gave the ball away at points, but even having fallen behind in the game, he felt we were still better than them in the first period as well so it’s the performance he really wants us to build on now as we move forward as if we keep getting the performances right, then the results we want should and will follow.

As for Lewington’s error the gaffer wasn’t going to get carried away, as he pointed to the fact that every player on the pitch over the 90 minutes made a mistake somewhere, it’s just unfortunate that when a keeper does it it does tend to stand out as the opposition will score on the back of it.

The fact he doesn’t often have to address errors from our keeper, he’s entitled to a mistake or two as the season goes, all keepers are really. He’s certainly earnt us more points than cost us and that’s just the way it is.