Daggers boss pleased to potentially get another home tie
PUBLISHED: 10:13 11 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:17 11 November 2014
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Eastleigh will visit Victoria Road in second round of FA Cup, should Dagenham & Redbridge progress past Southport in next week’s replay.
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett is happy to get another home draw in the second round of the FA Cup but insists they need to concentrate on progressing past Southport first.
The Victoria Road side make the trip to Merseyside next Tuesday to face the Conference Premier outfit in a first round replay after a stalemate at home last weekend.
The draw for the second round of the FA Cup was made last night though, and should Daggers beat Southport they will host Eastleigh in the second round between December 5-8.
It means another Conference Premier side for Burnett and his team to contend with but he is aware of how difficult that match with the Spitfires will be, should they defeat Southport.
“It is a home draw, which we are pleased with, but we have got to get through Southport first,” insisted the Daggers boss.
“But if we do it will be a tough game because Eastleigh are a very good team.
“They have got some players that are certainly league players.
“Players who could still play in the league and they are healthy from a financial point of view so we are under no illusions about how tough the game will be, if we can make it through against Southport.”
One player in Eastleigh’s squad with league experience is former Daggers midfielder Ben Strevens.
The 34-year-old had two spells at Victoria Road the first between 2006 and 2009, before spending time under the management of Burnett towards the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
“Eastleigh have a big squad and have some players that are probably league players really,” added Burnett.
“Strevs was a fantastic servent to this football club. He was somebody who everybody liked and was a fantastic player for us.”
Although Burnett admits they probably would have taken two non-league teams in the first and second round beforehand, Southport displayed to them how tough a prospect they can be.
He added: “We would have taken this draw beforehand but we have to overcome Southport first and we know that will be tough next Tuesday.”