Daggers boss targets change in home form
11:30 09 January 2015
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Burnett aims for more Victoria Road success as Oxford visit; while Ayo and Alex extend stays
After Dagenham & Redbridge’s impressive home win against Bury, manager Wayne Burnett is looking to make it two victories from two in 2015 when Oxford United visit this weekend.
Rhys Murphy scored the only goal of the game against the Shakers to move the Victoria Road outfit out of the relegation zone.
And Burnett wants them to build on that win, and the recent clean sheets they have registered, when Michael Appleton’s team come to town on Saturday.
“We know our home form hasn’t been great, but at the weekend we played probably the best team in the league, alongside Shrewsbury, and we have beat them,” he said.
“Every match is different and no game is easy, but we have played against Oxford before so we know what they are about.
“We have to try and change the fortune that we have had at home and we will try to do that by achieving another positive result on Saturday.
“We have two clean sheets in a row and that is something we have to look to build on.”
Murphy’s goal against Bury was his first in the league since his return from a lengthy injury absence and he celebrated by finding the Daggers boss and hugging him on the touchline.
Burnett admits he will still try and look after the forward as he continues his comeback, but is excited about the potential partnership that could develop between Murphy and current top goalscorer Jamie Cureton, who has found the net eight times.
“Rhys is getting back to full speed,” added Burnett. “He will be the first to say he could’ve come back sooner, but he had to be managed and we have done that.
“We might still have to manage him and pull him out because there is no point burning him out.
“He has been out for a long time and we need to make sure he gets back to the player we all know he is capable of. But I have no doubt whatsoever that he will get there and he is getting closer.
“Jamie and Rhys are intelligent footballers and both have really good movement. Sometimes you wonder if players that are similar can work together, but they have worked well in training and showed some good signs.
“I am sure as they play together more they will work better and I am sure it will be a fruitful partnership.”
Patrick Agyemang will not be available to face the U’s as he has returned to Portsmouth after his loan spell came to an end following last weekend’s match.
But Alex Jakubiak’s loan has been extended until January 31, whilst Ayo Obileye will remain with Daggers until February 7.
Burnett was thrilled to secure both on longer deals, adding: “We are really pleased we have been able to extend Ayo’s loan.
“Charlton Athletic have been very helpful towards us and Ayo has done very well.
“People forget he is only just 20 as well, but he has come in and been a real leader at the back.
“He made his debut at 16 for Sheffield Wednesday, but had lost his way a little bit. But I believe he is getting it back now.
“Watford have been very helpful with Alex as well because we don’t pay anything for him. He has come in, made a good impression and trained well, so we are pleased he is staying with us.”