Burnett aims to end bad Cobblers record
17:00 16 January 2015
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Daggers to be without Partridge as they aim to achieve first league win against Sixfields team
Dagenham & Redbridge have a notoriously poor record against Northampton Town, but manager Wayne Burnett is looking to put that right this weekend.
The Victoria Road outfit have never beaten the Cobblers and lost eight times to them in the nine games they have contested.
Daggers did achieve a 2-2 draw last season, but their record isn’t great against the Sixfields outfit.
However, Burnett is looking to change that on Saturday and finally get one over Northampton boss Chris Wilder.
“I believe the club has only ever managed to get one point off Northampton,” said Burnett.
“Chris is a good friend of mine and I don’t think we have ever beaten him. I know I certainly have never beaten him.
“The point we got off Northampton actually came when Aidy Boothroyd was in charge so I am sure Chris will remind me of that on Saturday.
“But nothing would give me greater pleasure than to get one over him this weekend.”
Daggers were comfortably beaten 2-0 in the previous meeting at Victoria Road in September.
But Northampton have been inconsistent this season and are only two points ahead of Burnett’s side in the table.
“I think Chris has had a problem with injuries this season,” added Burnett.
“He hasn’t had the start to the first part of the season that he would have liked, but they have an excellent group of players.
“They were certainly better than us earlier in the season and played a lot better in the first half in particular.
“I have known Chris for a long time and he is someone I have a lot of time for. I respect him very much.”
Daggers look set to be without Matt Partridge for this weekend’s game after he suffering a hamstring injury in the goalless draw with Oxford United.
But Billy Bingham is fine despite being forced off. Burnett added: “Matt is possibly going to be out for a few weeks.
“It is unfortunate, but people can come in and Damian Batt is the obvious replacement.
“Billy is fine. He just got a cut on the head, it was bleeding quite badly and he was a little bit dazed afterwards so we took him off as a precaution, but he is fine.”
Burnett admitted left-back Joe Widdowson could be in contention against Northampton, after signing a deal until the end of the season last week.
He also praised Alex Jakubiak’s cameo at the weekend, adding: “I was really pleased with Alex and his contribution. He has certainly put himself in contention for a place this weekend.
“I felt Oxford was a bit too early for Joe to come in. He had just signed and he hadn’t trained, but he is certainly one we will look forward to using.”