Daggers boss Burnett looks for further away-day joy at Newport County
11:01 19 March 2014
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It may not quite be working out at home for the Daggers of late, but boss Wayne Burnett hopes the away-day improvement continues at Newport County tonight.
The Victoria Road side have not won at home in seven attempts, with their last success being a 1-0 win on New Year’s Day against AFC Wimbledon.
That run continued with a 1-1 draw against Morecambe on Saturday after Mark Hughes’ 89th-minute strike secured a point for the Shrimps, although it did stretch Daggers’ unbeaten run to four games, albeit three of them draws.
And though the surface at Rodney Parade is not likely to be the greatest, the Daggers’ chief hopes it doesn’t affect their style of play too much and they can pick up a second away win on the bounce.
“Newport have done very well. We sit slightly above them, but it will be a tough game,” said Burnett. “They have lost their way a little bit for whatever reason, but that isn’t going to make it any easier for us.
“Justin Edinburgh is a good friend of mine and I have known him many years and it will be good to meet up with him. Hhopefully it’ll be a good encounter.
“I hope the pitch has dried out a little now. When we went down there before it wasn’t great, but hopefully it’s better and it gives us an opportunity to play our football.”
The Daggers boss made changes for the draw against Morecambe and expects to do so again tonight as he aims to keep his side as fresh as possible, with another three fixtures before the month of March is over.
“We made changes today and we’ll do so again on Wednesday. People need to be ready and prepared,” he added.
Daggers will be without Zavon Hines (knee) and Rhys Murphy (groin) for the Daggers’ first ever trip to Newport County, while defender Luke Wilkinson has also been added to the injury list.
The 22-year-old picked up an ankle knock in the 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers last Tuesday and was due to have an x-ray this week to find out the extent of the damage.
“Luke has still got his foot in a brace and he’ll definitely be out of the Newport game,” he said.
“How long after that though we aren’t too sure, as we have to wait for the results of the X-ray.”
Burnett is happy with how things are going on the road this season, with the Daggers unbeaten in their last five games going into tonight’s encounter.
But if they are to mount a late charge for the play-offs, he knows they have to turn around their home form and added: “A win at Newport and the Morecambe result is all forgotten.
“It seems that we win away and draw at home at the moment. It would be nice to get it the other way round, but in all honesty you have to win your home games to be successful.”