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Burton Albion fans react to the draw with Dagenham & Redbridge

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

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FIRSTLY we need to consider we were playing on a very heavy pitch and in the first half into a very strong headwind.

Then the opposition, who actually dared to turn up and play rather than roll over.

They made the game uncomfortable with continual pushing and pulling.

The ref should have dealt with this but instead gave them license to do it.

Equally tough, they were well organised and no pushover in difficult conditions.

We clearly had the most possession and actually pretty much snuffed D&R out of the game.

Their goal was a superb strike that also benefitted from the tailwind and quite frankly would have scored against Man City or Barcelona.

These goals cannot really be defended against.

In the second half I was pleased to see Billy (Kee) on.

In my opinion he is the best striker at the club by a long way, but that is not to criticise the other players.

His goal was a lovely turn and shoot with a lot to do to get the ball in the net from the point he received it.

(Zeli) Ishmail was my man of the match.

Always a danger and his talent led to a deserved red card for the full back.

From a position of

one down on a difficult afternoon the lads showed spirit and Robbie Wier was a coat of paint on the post from winning the game. Disappointing to only draw but we will play worse and win.

We have a strong resilient squad that will (as we always do) improve once the weather improves and we have flat, dryer surfaces to play.

We have a gear we can step into when that happens.

Other teams in this league do not have that luxury. Keep the faith.

The team needs its fans to get behind it now. We don’t need certain players being abused and scapegoated, it achieves little.

Nolan Salmon

ALBION were beaten 2-0 in their previous meeting with Dagenham in November.

It would have been nice to even up the score on Saturday.

The crowd atmosphere at the game was good with all of the youngsters in the away end and the yellow streamers and balloons from the Burton Boys Choir.

It felt like a game we should win and celebrate.

It was clear from the kick-off that the visitors intended to mount a robust defence.

I was surprised that Ian Shaoprs managed to keep his shirt in one piece.

It was almost pulled off his back by defenders every time he went up for a corner.

I feel that some of the visitors’ goalmouth antics should have been punished by the referee.

However, he didn’t seem to spot these repeated infringements and this led Dagenham players to carry on in the same vain.

At one stage it looked like Alexander had been handcuffed to a defender as he was repeatedly dragged back by the arm every time he tried to run forward.

There were 23 fouls in the game – there should have been a lot more awarded.

Ismail was outstanding again and the defence could not handle his pace and skill.

They decided to foul him to stop him. It wasn’t pretty to see such a skilful player hacked at like that and when Conners was shown the red card after 54 minutes I hoped it would stop the fouls. It didn’t.

At one stage there should have been a clear penalty awarded as a defender wrapped his legs around Ismail to hold him down.

Dagenham had gone ahead in the 45th minute when D’ath was left alone in acres of space outside the box and he rocketed one in an unstoppable goal.

It was against the run of play, but Albion had only themselves to blame for giving him so much time and space.

Other than that the Daggers looked a bit of a blunt instrument and only managed four more shots all game.

Albion had the usual issue with scoring. McGurk has to be considered for a rest from the starting 11. He did not deliver.

Alexander needs another couple of games to reach his peak.

Billy Kee came on and had scored a typical Billy Kee goal within 10 minutes.

You could sense that with 30 minutes to go against 10 men the crowd expected some more goals. They didn’t come.

Dagenham players wasted as much time as they could at every dead ball situation, but were not sorted out by the referee.

The problem is that Albion strikers lack confidence in front of goal.

Players pass the ball too much in the box as though they are frightened to shoot.

We had three times as many shots as Dagenham and twice as many corners but could only get the one goal.

Our figures were on a par with Chesterfield and Scunthorpe and much better than Oxford’s on Saturday, but they scored three goals each in their games and Burton did not.

We waste far too many scoring chances. People say it’s because Burton just don’t have any luck.

I don’t agree. It’s not luck it’s skill. The Burton strikers have loads of skill. They just need to turn that skill into loads of goals.

Steve Smith

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