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Burnett happy with ninth

Dagenham boss Wayne Burnett was happy to reflect on a good season overall after a 3-2 win over Cheltenham saw them finish ninth.

Skipper Steve Elliott had given the Robins the perfect start only for his hard work to be undone by his fellow defender's woeful equaliser, Sido Jombati curling a back pass beyond debutant goalkeeper Connor Roberts from 25 yards.

The Daggers twice came from behind before wrapping up the win midway through the second half.

Defender Scott Doe cancelled out a Matt Richards effort in the closing seconds of the first period before Adebayo Azeez slotted home the winner after a Gavin Hoyte effort had been pushed onto the post.

Burnett said: "I'm led to believe that we finished ninth which is a fantastic achievement for this football club, finishing above teams like Plymouth and Portsmouth. The players never cease to amaze me and have surpassed all my expectations.

"The remit was to stay in the league and we have done that. We were odds-on favourites to go down and probably will be next season as well.

"We scored a bit of a fortunate goal to start with but we managed to come from behind twice which is good.

"At one point we had three youth-team players on the pitch and that is fantastic because they are the foundations to this football club.

"We cannot go out and buy so we have to produce and develop our own players. Our unique selling point is that we have some fantastic football coaches."