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Daggers boss: Form has to improve or else

12:00 21 November 2014

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

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

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett has not had any discussions with the board over the club’s current situation, but admits he needs to start winning soon.

The Victoria Road side crashed out of the FA Cup on Tuesday night after a 2-0 replay defeat to non-league side Southport.

Luke Howell was shown a straight red card just before half time and he will now miss this weekend’s visit of fellow League Two strugglers Carlisle United.

Burnett admits he is unhappy with the current position the club finds itself in, but concedes in terms of budget it is probably right.

“This board has been absolutely fantastic and supportive of me,” he said.

“They have been over the years to all the managers that have been here, but I am here to win football matches and I have to do that.

“Lets not forget that we are third from bottom, but that’s probably reflected financially where our budget is.

“We don’t want to be in 21st position because it is not a nice position to be in.

“I haven’t had any discussion with the board at all about our situation.”

Daggers have lost four of their last five games at home in all competitions.

They have only registered two home victories all season, but need to put that right or could find themselves in the bottom two this weekend.

“The home form has been horrendous,” added Burnett.

“If we continue in the same vein we are in danger of being even further down the table so we have to change it around very quickly.

“If we don’t, change will have to be made.”

Burnett felt Howell’s red card at Southport was the turning point in their FA Cup exit.

He also pinpointed a missed opportunity by Rhys Murphy at the start of the second half as a key moment in the match.

“I think the sending off was the turning point,” he added.

“We were in control of the game, not really troubled at all. We had two or three chances and their goalkeeper has made an excellent save and then we get a man sent off and it changes the game.

“Murph went through, had a chance at 0-0, and that could have been 1-0 and it could have potentially been the difference.

“Everyone was bitterly disappointed and we had a five-hour coach journey back home.

“Fans want to put their anger towards someone and that is me and rightly so because I am the manager of the team.”

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