Burnett positive despite point

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Wayne Burnett was happy to take a point from the clash with Exeter
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Wayne Burnett was happy to take a point from the clash with Exeter

Assistant manager Wayne Burnett refused to be downbeat after Dagenham failed to kill off Exeter in an entertaining 1-1 draw.

Medy Elito's first goal of the season looked to have secured the points for the hosts but former Norwich striker Jamie Cureton had other ideas.

The 37-year-old centre-forward equalised six minutes after the break to rub salt into the wound after Michael Spillane missed a penalty.

"I'd like to think it was a point gained rather than two points lost," reflected Burnett. "It was a fantastic finish from Medy Elito. It would have been nice to have gone in 2-0 up at half-time, but it wasn't to be.

"Micky Spillane is usually very good with penalties, you'd have backed him to score and unfortunately he's hit it over the bar.

"Was that a turning point? Probably. If we'd have gone in 2-0 up it would have give us a little bit more hope that we'd go on and get the win.

"But with only one goal the game's not dead and Exeter have scored and ended up getting something out of the game."

A point for Paul Tisdale's side was very welcome having lost their last three matches. It was also the Grecians first goal for over 300 minutes of football.

And the visitors could have even won it late on if they had made their sustained pressure really count.

"It's frustrating because once we scored I felt we were the better side," said Tisdale. "We had some great chances to score again, but unfortunately we didn't take them."

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