Spirit & Belief For The Daggers
Manager Wayne Burnett has hailed the spirit of the players following our three one win over Rochdale yesterday.
Another comprehensive performance and win delighted everybody with Dagenham taking the early lead through Murphy, before Elito added a brace with two goals in the second half.
Rochdale did get themselves a consolation and reduced our margin, so a clean sheet would've been nice, but you can't have everything. What mattered was another three points on the day and we remain in touching distance of the play off spots, although it's probably too early to be thinking of that particular success for the season yet.
Speaking to the press following the match which saw us take our fifth victory in the last eight games, Burnett praised the collective spirit and performance from the side.
'The fighting spirit was there for everyone to see, and we certainly needed that against a very good Rochdale side. I'm so proud to be the manager of a team who work so hard for one another, particularly when our backs appear to be against the wall.'
Burnett is obviously delighted to see us lift ourselves into eighth place in the league and he admits it's anybodies guess as to where we can go from here as it's too early in the season to be making predictions, but we are far enough through and in the right place should the remainder of the season continue to go for us.
We're on a good run at the moment, and the longer we can maintain that the better and then ultimately the league table will take care of itself as more games pass.
First team coach Darren Currie also spoke of his delight following the win, and said it's been a long time since he saw belief levels this high in the side.
Speaking to the Official Site Currie said that honestly that he felt our opening goal was a little bit against the run of play yesterday but it helped give us a good foothold in the game, so probably came at the right time for us to really kick on further, which we ultimately did.
It wasn't all positive, as he points out that he felt we were nervy at points in possession and we gave the ball away way too easily at times, but with that said we are always a threat in attack and three goals bare that out.
He also believes that Rochdale are the best opponents we have faced so far this season, so the errors in our play can be somewhat offset by that.
'Medy will probably be the first to admit he needs to find a good level of consistency. He was quiet in the first half and he was on the button when it mattered in the second half and went from strength to strength.'
Currie admits that before Elito added his second on the day, we did look more nervy towards the end as Rochdale were lifted by their goal so really came at us looking for the equaliser, but thankfully we held on and secured the third goal which put the game beyond them.