Daggers aiming for Bury league double, says Hackett
PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 January 2015
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Victoria Road outfit not expecting ‘too much movement’ in the January transfer window
Dagenham & Redbridge will look to end their four-match winless run when they welcome Bury to Victoria Road on Saturday, and they will also aim to complete the double over the Greater Manchester outfit.
Assistant manager Warren Hackett is keen for Daggers to end their run without a goal.
A goalless stalemate with Southend United at the weekend means Daggers have not scored since Jamie Cureton struck on November 29 – ironically at Bury.
“We will keep working on trying to score more goals, as we always do,” said Hackett.
“It would be perfect to start the year with a win, but Bury is going to be a difficult game because they are a very good team.
“It would certainly be nice to say we have done a double over a team. We haven’t won too many games this season, but Bury is a team we beat, so who is to say we can’t go on and try to take all six points from them?”
The last time Daggers achieved a victory was at Gigg Lane when they beat David Flitcroft’s side 2-0.
Wayne Burnett’s men have been on a poor run of form since, although they did end that with a battling effort at Roots Hall.
They lost home matches to Tranmere Rovers (0-1) and Stevenage (0-2) during December, but Hackett wants them to start getting it right at Victoria Road when the Shakers visit for the first match of the New Year.
Hackett added: “We are at home and we want to try and put things right. We have got to come out positive and have more confidence than we have had in our previous two home matches.
“We need to go on and try and get a result against Bury.”
The January transfer window opens today (Thursday), but Hackett doesn’t believe Daggers will be too active.
Burnett only made two loan signings during January last season as he brought in Reading youngster Dominic Samuel, who unfortunately suffered an injury on his debut against Fleetwood Town and was forced to return to the Championship club.
Burnett also signed Luke Norris from Brentford on an initial month’s loan, which was extended until the end of the season.
It seems if Burnett is active, it will have be in the loan market, and Hackett added: “We are not in a fruitful position where we can go and buy players and bring people into the club.
“But we have got a big squad and I can’t see there being too much movement in the window.”
Daggers have various players on loan at Victoria Road whose time with the club will come to an end after this weekend’s match.
Patrick Agyemang and Joe Widdowson could return to their parent clubs Portsmouth and Bury after Saturday’s game.
“We have to reflect and look back over the past weeks at how the loan players have done and I am sure we will make a decision about extending their loans in time,” said Hackett.