Cureton’s delight for newcomer Al
PUBLISHED: 16:30 05 December 2014
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Experienced forward pleased with success against Bury last weekend
Dagenham & Redbridge forward Jamie Cureton was thrilled for Alex Jakubiak, after the youngster scored his first for the club to help defeat Bury last Saturday.
The 18-year-old was introduced for his debut at half time and struck in the 55th minute to put Wayne Burnett’s team on course for a 2-0 success.
Cureton scored the second at Gigg Lane, but explained why the Watford loanee grabbed the vital goal of the game to set Daggers up for their second consecutive victory.
“The first goal was the key, it killed them off and forced them to open up a bit more,” he said.
“You could see Bury started to get nervous, the crowd started to get on them.
“Then I got the second, which was nice because you always feel they will get a chance and have an opportunity to pull the game back level. All in all it was a very positive performance.
“It was good to get the three points and a clean sheet.”
Cureton was happy that Jakubiak, who moved to Victoria Road on November 27 for a month’s loan from Watford, got off the mark so quickly.
The forward also revealed that manager Burnett slightly changed his tactics at the break.
“There is nothing better when you go to a new club than to start well,” added Cureton.
“The manager brought Al on and I thought we went more three up top with two wide men.
“Al has come on and ended up getting a goal and he was thrilled with that.
“I think that goal helped settle us down a bit as well to be honest and obviously made them more nervous.
“It is nice for him to come in and get a goal straight away.”
Cureton was pleased Daggers were able to get back-to-back wins and always felt they could return from Gigg Lane with the three points.
He added: “It was good to get the win and obviously great to win against Carlisle, and we wanted to build on that.
“We knew Bury were on a poor run and if we stayed in the game we would create chances.
“We felt if we did that then hopefully we could take them and we did.”
Jakubiak wasn’t the only debutant against Bury as Patrick Agyemang was also introduced late on.
He also joined the club on November 27 on loan from Portsmouth and Cureton believes he will be a good addition, adding: “Big Pat came on for me and showed his experience.
“He takes the pressure off our back four and is a completely different option to all of us.”