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Burnett says Daggers have to progress

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 November 2014

Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett watched his side draw (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett watched his side draw (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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FA Cup first round preview: Dagenham & Redbridge v Southport

Dagenham & Redbridge striker Rhys Murphy is back (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO) Dagenham & Redbridge striker Rhys Murphy is back (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett admits it doesn’t matter how his side progress this afternoon against Southport, as long as they do.

The Victoria Road outfit host the Conference Premier side in the first round of the FA Cup targeting just a third win at home in all competition this season.

Abu Ogogo of Dagenham & Redbridge is sent off vs Newport County. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO. Abu Ogogo of Dagenham & Redbridge is sent off vs Newport County. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO.

Burnett is weary of the Port’s ability and the magic of the great tournament, but he has called on his players to do whatever it takes to defeat the Merseyside-based team.

“We have got to get the first goal first,” joked the Daggers manager when asked if getting the second was key.

“If someone said you will play hopelessly for 90 minutes but you will win then that is all that matters at the moment.

“It is about winning and getting in the draw for the next round and that is what we need to do.

“If we can do that playing the way I want us to play then I will be happier but let’s get a victory.”

Burnett has watched videos of Southport this week and is aware of their style of play.

He discussed the respect he has towards the FA Cup and how Daggers must take the game to the non-league outfit this afternoon.

“We have got some footage on them and done some work on the DVD’s,” added Burnett.

“We have got some reports on them too so we are aware of the players they have and the way they play.

“For a club like ours, in League Two, it is important we try and progress as far as we possibly can.

“There are opportunities for clubs to cause an upset and that is why this competition is such a fantastic competition.

“But we are not underestimating Southport at all and we realise how difficult and how hard the game will be but there are no easy games.

“We have to take the initiative and be on the front foot because we are at home. There is no pressure on Southport and we have to take the game to them.”

Daggers will be boosted by the return of midfielders Luke Howell and captain Abu Ogogo after injury and suspension respectively.

Burnett also revealed Rhys Murphy will again play some part at Victoria Road, whilst top goalscorer Jamie Cureton is fit – after carrying a hamstring injury over the last few months.

But they are without Ade Yusuff this afternoon as he played in the preliminary round of the competition for previous club Chatham Town.

“Rhys is almost up to speed now, he is not 100 percent and does need more games but hopefully he will play a part,” said the Daggers boss.

“Cureton manages his hamstring himself quite well and we manage him. I spoke to him on Thursday and he said it is the best it has felt for quite some time.

“Ade Yusuff is cup tied so not ideal but it is something we have to deal with.

“We have one or two coming back and then one or two go out but Howell is back and Abs is back now. That gives us an almost full strength squad.

“Abs is a driving force in our team and he is not only a good player but a good person to have around the group.”

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