Burnett wants Daggers to ‘play without fear’
10:00 22 November 2014
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Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett doesn’t believe the performances of his team deserve to place them 21st in the League Two table.
But despite their low position he wants them to play with no fear when they host Carlisle United at Victoria Road today.
The Brunton Park outfit moved ahead of Daggers in the table last weekend after defeating Accrington Stanley, whilst AFC Wimbledon came out on top in the London derby.
But Burnett believes his team must approach the game against the Cumbrians with no fear, despite Daggers’ poor form at home this season.
“When you are in our league position they are all massive games,” said Burnett speaking after the loss to the Dons.
“We have to be mindful not to put that thought process on the players, though, because we don’t want to do that. We want them to play with no fear.
“That is the environment we try to create and that is what we are trying to do.
“They are all must-win games. When you are down the bottom you have to win football matches and we need to do that.”
Daggers will look to win in the league this weekend, after Conference Premier side Southport knocked them out in the FA Cup first round replay on Tuesday.
Burnett believes his side must start improving in both penalty areas if they are to start moving up the table.
He added: “We need to be better in both boxes. If we were playing hopelessly I would be a little bit more concerned.
“We don’t want to be third bottom, of course we don’t, but I don’t think our performances reflect our league position.
“It is what it is, we have got the points that we have got, and we need to be better. We need to be better all around.”
Charlton Athletic youngster Ayo Obileye could make his home debut, whilst Ade Yusuff is available for selection after he was cup-tied against Southport.
Abu Ogogo is expected to be fit after missing Tuesday’s cup defeat but Luke Howell will serve the first of his three-match ban this afternoon following his red at Haig Avenue.
Andre Boucaud and Jack Connors have both returned from international duty and should be available to Burnett, but forward Bradley Goldberg has joined Bristol City on loan.