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Burnett pleased with point, but wanted more attacking threat

12:00 11 January 2015

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Victoria Road boss discusses Matt Partridge’s injury and why Zavon Hines wasn’t included in the squad

Josh Ruffels of Oxford United and Joss Labadie of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Josh Ruffels of Oxford United and Joss Labadie of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett was pleased with another clean sheet following the stalemate with Oxford, but disappointed they didn’t test Oxford United keeper Ryan Clarke more.

Neither side was about to create many clear cut opportunities at Victoria Road as the windy conditions affected both teams.

Matt Partridge of Dagenham & Redbridge is treated after suffering an injury against Oxford United (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Matt Partridge of Dagenham & Redbridge is treated after suffering an injury against Oxford United (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Ashley Chambers had the best opportunity for the hosts following Ashley Hemmings superb ball into the box.

But Chambers could only side foot wide from close range with 18 minutes gone and it finished goalless.

“From a positive point of view it is another clean sheet. We didn’t really threaten their goal at all, but they didn’t threaten ours,” said Burnett.

“The wind, the weather and the conditions had a massive part to play in the game and it was a contrast to the first game between the two teams - a 3-3 draw in August.

“Neither team seemed to be able to get their foot on the ball and pass it. We had probably the best opportunity in the first half with Ashley Chambers.

“I have had the benefit of looking at it and Ashley should have done better. He should have at least hit the target.

“I spoke with the players and they are disappointed we didn’t test their goalkeeper enough. We had some long range efforts and some shots, but we didn’t test him enough.”

Matt Partridge was forced off after 70 minutes, pulling up when trying to receive a pass.

Damian Batt replaced him and Burnett admitted he hopes the injury isn’t serious, adding: “I don’t know about Matt. We will get a better idea in the next 24 to 48 hours, hopefully he’ll be ok.

“We have Damian Batt that can come in and do a more than adequate job, but lets hope Matt’s injury is not too serious.”

Zavon Hines was surprisingly left out from the match day squad, despite playing 60 minutes in a development game during the week.

But Burnett admitted he needs to be managed, just like Rhys Murphy was during his comeback from injury.

“We all want Zav back, but we have to be mindful that we need to manage the player,” he added.

“He wants to play, we want him to play. But we don’t want to rush him back too quickly. Sometimes it is not the injury that troubles you, but if you come back too quickly you can sometimes pick up a secondary injury.

“We are mindful of managing Zav. He played 60 minutes on Tuesday and he is not really up to speed yet so hopefully he gets more game time in the week and we can build from there.”

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