Daggers boss praises Burton’s Hasselbaink
17:00 20 February 2015
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Former Chelsea forward has done excellent job since taking over at Albion
Wayne Burnett expects a tough encounter when Burton Albion visit this weekend and has praised the work Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has done since taking over Brewers.
Gary Rowett left the Staffordshire club on October 27 to become Birmingham City manager, but former Chelsea star Hasselbaink has taken charge at the Pirelli Stadium and done well so far.
They has tasted defeat just once in 15 matches under his stewardship since November 13 and Daggers are expecting a difficult match at Victoria Road tomorrow (Saturday).
“Burton are a decent team and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has taken over and not been beaten too many times,” said Burnett.
“It is going to be a really tough game, but they always are against Burton.
“I think Jimmy has kept the momentum going because Gary Rowett was doing a fantastic job there before, so we are certainly in for a very tough game.”
Daggers came close to defeating Burton on the second weekend of the league season, August 16.
Jamie Cureton put them ahead at the Pirelli Stadium, but Billy Kee struck twice in the final six minutes to give Brewers a 2-1 success.
Burnett’s team have improved massively since that day, though, and he is aiming to consign Hasselbaink to defeat tomorrow.
“They beat us at their place and they scored very late on,” he added.
“We were 1-0 up with about six minutes to go and we got beat 2-1, but we have come a long way since then and hopefully we can change that result in our favour.
“Hopefully we can get the points this time around.”
Although Burton will pose an extremely difficult task, Daggers will go into the match full of confidence and belief.
Only Northampton Town have defeated them since Boxing Day and they are yet to lose at Victoria Road in 2015 either.
Bury, Oxford United, Cheltenham Town and Portsmouth have failed to beat Daggers on home soil this year and they have only conceded one goal in those four matches.
And Burnett is looking for Daggers’ encouraging home form to continue this weekend.
He added: “We have been beaten only once in nine matches now so hopefully we can continue this run.
“The home form has been good in 2015 and let’s hope it can continue as well. We need to be more difficult to beat at home and I think we have been, and that is because we have looked strong and looked commanding.
“We are playing okay so we are hoping that we can give a good account of ourselves.
“But we are under no illusions about how difficult the game will be against Burton on Saturday.”