Burnett hopes to build more momentum
PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:31 03 October 2014
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Exeter and Leyton Orient visit Victoria Road this week
Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett is looking to build on the momentum the club have picked up recently when they play twice at Victoria Road over the next week.
Daggers drew 1-1 at Cheltenham on September 20 before earning a first win in over a month when they beat York City 2-0 last weekend.
They host Exeter tonight before welcoming local rivals Leyton Orient on Tuesday for a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash.
And the Daggers boss is looking for his team to extend their new unbeaten run.
“The point at Cheltenham looks a good point now,” said Burnett.
“We could have nicked all three at Cheltenham, but we need to build on that. We now have four points from two games, one away and one at home.
“We have an opportunity to really build on that momentum.”
Although the prospect of playing on a Friday is a strange one for most of the players and management, Burnett doesn’t believe it will have an effect on proceedings.
He does, however, expect a tough game from Paul Tisdale’s team – who come into the game off the back of three consecutive victories.
“I don’t think it will have any effect whatsoever (playing on a Friday),” added Burnett.
“We will have no problems with that, but it will be a tough game.
“Exeter are on a good run at the moment and I know Tis, their manager.
“He has them playing the right way and passing it, so we will experience a difficult game.”
Burnett believes if Daggers are to achieve anything this season they must improve at Victoria Road.
He believes the two matches coming up this week, against Exeter and Orient, are ideal opportunities to get their home form right.
“If we’re going to achieve anything we have to be good at home,” he added. “We have to be resilient away from home and then good at home and we have to win.”
The JPT meeting with the O’s brings back memories of their clash in September 2011, when the sides drew 1-1 at Brisbane Road before an incredible penalty shoot-out.
Eventually, the Victoria Road outfit won 14-13 on penalties – a record equalled by Liverpool and Middlesbrough in the League Cup recently – and Burnett is sure of another good match.
He added: “It was 14-13 last time to hopefully it won’t be another one of those games, although that certain brings the crowds in!
“We have good games against Leyton Orient and obviously they lost their manager recently, but Kevin Nugent is a good friend of mine and he has taken over.
“It will be a good game and we will be as strong as we possibly can be because we want to progress further in the competition.”