Burnett aiming to beat Brown’s boys
15:30 13 March 2015
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Daggers boss looking for improvement but praises players and staff for recent upturn in form
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett wants to see if his players have learned from their recent defeat to Burton Albion when Southend United and Plymouth Argyle visit Victoria Road this week.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s league leaders are the only side to beat Daggers on home soil in 2015, coming from behind to win 3-1 on February 21.
With Southend and Plymouth both chasing promotion this season, Burnett wants to see where his team are compared to a play-off outfit.
“These matches will give us a really good chance to see where we are at,” he said.
“We came up short against Burton, that was disappointing, but I think the players have learned from that, so this is another good chance to see where we are.”
The clash with Southend tomorrow (Saturday) also gives Daggers another chance to win three consecutive games for the first time in five years.
A positive as well is that Burnett’s record against the Shrimpers is impressive.
He has yet to taste defeat against Phil Brown’s team in four matches and is eyeing more joy this weekend.
“It will be a really good atmosphere and hopefully we can give the fans something to cheer about,” added Burnett.
“I have known Phil for a long time and he is very good at what he does. I have worked under him before as a player at Bolton.
“I know Southend will bring a lot of support and they have some very good players.
“We have had chances before to win three games in a row a couple of times this season, but we have not been able to do it, so maybe this will be the time.”
Although eager to achieve three successive victories, Burnett is more focused on keeping Daggers up.
“Hopefully we can get the points needed to maintain our league status,” he added.
“That is key and has always been our main objective at the club.”
Burnett was also keen to praise his players for the run they have been on recently.
Prior to this weekend’s match they have lost just three games in 2015, Burnett added: “We have matched the amount of clean sheets we kept last season.
“Another interesting stat is that we are only two points behind the points tally we had at this stage last season.
“Everyone has been quick to demonstate their feelings and football does make people very emotional, but we have kept going as a team.
“The players have continued to work incredibly hard and I think they and the staff deserve a lot of credit for that.”