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Daggers boss praises youngsters

14:42 30 September 2014

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Dagenham & Redbridge's Matt Partridge challenges Byron Harrison of Cheltenham Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Burnett discusses Partridge and Doidge’s fitness

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett looks on during his side's win over York City (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett looks on during his side's win over York City (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett has praised defender Matt Partridge following his recent performances and also given an update on another youngster, forward Christian Doidge.

Partridge made his Daggers debut against Brentford in the Capital One Cup in August and has been an ever present in the side since.

Burnett has played the 20-year-old at right-back for the majority of those games but the defender has appeared as a central defender in the last three alongside Brian Saah.

And Daggers boss Burnett has been impressed with Partridge, adding: “He is still a young man and people forget how young he is but he has come into the team and given a good account of himself.

“He is beyond his years at times and is a good lad.

“He is a good character and he did well against Cheltenham as well.”

Experienced defender Scott Doe recently returned to full fitness and many fans might have expected him to return straight to the starting team.

And whilst Burnett admits Doe has been unfortunate with his injury, he is now out of the team due to Partridge’s impressive form.

He added: “Scott has been a bit unfortunate because he got injured about three or four weeks ago and Matty has come in and done very, very well.”

Doidge is another working his way back to full fitness and the Daggers boss was quick to allay fears the forward may have suffered a setback.

The signing from Carmarthen Town came on for his debut against Cheltenham Town recently but wasn’t on the bench last weekend against York.

But that wasn’t down to an injury setback, as he played 70 minutes in a development game against a Nike Academy last week, and Burnett will continue to build up his fitness.

“Christian is a very honest lad and he works really hard,” said Burnett.

“He has worked tirelessly to get back to some level of fitness but you can do all the running, and all the working in the gym but what you really need is to be playing games.

“He played 70 minutes recently and he looked a little bit tired but he isn’t match fit and he needs to get a couple of games.

“He will be ok and he wants to get better every single day of the week on the training ground and he will be alright for us soon.”

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