Burnett: Daggers can tame Shrews
PUBLISHED: 08:30 03 April 2015
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Victoria Road outfit have two clash with team looking to win League Two title
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett is expecting a good spectacle when his team visit League Two promotion hopefuls Shrewsbury Town today (Friday).
The Victoria Road outfit lost 1-0 to Wycombe Wanderers last weekend, but Burnett believes they will perform against Micky Mellon’s Shrews.
He feels Daggers lose their way when they face teams with a certain style, but when they meet a team with a similar philosophy a good footballing game develops.
“I know Micky very well,” said Burnett. “He is a good manager, who has assembled a squad of good footballers.
“Shrewsbury will play football and we tend to do better when we play against footballing teams. When we don’t we seem to get dragged down into a different match.”
Daggers’ away form will also give them hope of a good result at New Meadow, despite the Shrews’ title aims.
Burnett’s team have been excellent on the road in 2015 and picked up four wins in seven outings – including an impressive 1-0 success at Stevenage.
He added: “We have been better away from home.
“Sometimes teams can sit deep and defend when they go away, but we go into every game trying to win.
“It will be the same at Shrewsbury. We will expect a tough match, but we will have nothing to lose, like we have in most matches.”
Daggers entertain Wimbledon on Monday and Burnett acknowledged he will need to make the most of his large squad during this period.
Neal Ardley’s Dons will provide them with another stern test and the Victoria Road boss believes they, like most teams, still have something to play for.
“We will need everyone and that is why we have squads,” added Burnett.
“Neal Ardley tries to play football and he has done a good job again this season, so that will be another tough game. But none of the games are easy at this stage of the season.
“You have teams looking to survive, teams looking to push for promotion and others fighting for the play-offs.”
It was confirmed this week that forward Shamir Fenelon had returned to Brighton & Hove Albion after his one-month loan was completed.
Burnett added: “He got ill after the Southend game on March 14 and we got into some good form after that so he struggled to get back in after that.”
But Brian Saah’s loan to Conference Premier side Woking has been a success and he will remain there until April 25, Burnett adding: “ We’ve got a call back option, but he needs to be playing games and he is getting that at Woking.”