Crawley Town assistant manager Jimmy Dack admitted his side allowed the visitors to attack too easily after taking the lead.
He said: “It was a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde performance for us. We came at 2-0 at half-time and that’s when I think we have got to enjoy it a bit more.
“We are a young side. We have got a young back-four. So hopefully they will learn from that today.
“You’ve got to give Wayne (Burnett) and Dagenham a bit of credit, they played their wingers out wide and had four men up front.
“Dagenham threw caution to the wind, they threw four men up front and got themselves back in it.
“I thought we were good first half and I didn’t expect that second half but maybe you’ve got to praise Wayne (Burnett) for the way they set up in the second half.
Dack admitted his players allowed Dagenham back into the game through two soft goals.
He said: “You’ve got to react quicker than that. You have got to sense danger and I don’t think we did that.”
But he denied Matt Harrold’s penalty appeal should have been given which could have increased their lead to 3-0.
Crawley seemed to be still thinking about the incident when Dagenham broke away and scored for 2-1.
Dack said: “I actually thought the referee had a good game and in my eyes if he says it wasn’t a penalty, it wasn’t a penalty.
“Sometimes they are given, sometimes they are not. You can’t always rely on penalties to win you football matches.”
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