Date: 7th October 2014 at 3:31pm
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Manager Wayne Burnett was left to rue the opportunities we failed to bury in the first half in our loss to Exeter last weekend.

Having taken the early lead, Dagenham were effectively a different side in the second period, and in the end, Exeter’s pressure told in the final ten minutes as they scored twice to take the two one victory and speaking to the Official Site following the game there was a lot of frustration for the gaffer.

‘Unfortunately, the game is over 90 minutes. We played really well in the first half and caused them a lot of problems. We’ve come out in the second half and they’ve changed their shape and all credit to Exeter, they were very good and at times we couldn’t get near them.’

Burnett goes on to say that in the second half we just started sitting too deep defensively and all we were achieving was inviting them onto us and inviting them to pressure us and you can’t do that when you only have a goal advantage, because once they got the penalty and the ‘lifeline’ he says he was stood there expecting their second goal to come at that point.

‘I could feel their second goal coming, both teams kept changing their shape. It was a very tactical game an it’s what Tisdale is like, playing against him is never straight forward. he’s come here and got it right and we haven’t. We have to dust ourselves down and pick ourselves up and go again.’

Burnett says that the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game now is an opportunity to put that right quickly as nobody likes losing but all you can do to a loss is respond to it and learn the lessons and that’s what we’ll try and do.

With Luke Howell missing the game, the manager also confirmed that he has had an injury set back and has now undergone an operation that will keep him out for around four weeks, but he’s hoping ‘being a quick healer’ he’ll be back a little bit before that.