Daggers boss warns cup tie will be tough

18:30 06 November 2014

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

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

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Former non-league foes Southport come to Victoria Road aiming for a first-round upset

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett is not going to be taking Conference Premier side Southport lightly in the first round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Daggers welcome their former non-league foes to Victoria Road to meet them for the first time since the 2006/07 campaign, when they were promoted to the Football League.

And although they are a division above the Yellows, Burnett will not be underestimating them.

He used the example of last weekend’s opposition Shrewsbury Town to show what an underdog can achieve – as Shrews were narrowly knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Chelsea.

“It will be a competitive game and it is the FA Cup so anything can happen,” said Daggers boss.

“We have to take the game to Southport.

“Look at Shrewsbury. They played Chelsea last week, who are three leagues above, and it shows there is no easy games.

“Chelsea were running the ball into the corner with three or four minutes to go and they have £300 million pounds worth of talent.

“It doesn’t matter what level you are playing at, there are no easy games now.”

Burnett could receive two boosts ahead of Southport’s visit.

Luke Howell is expected to be fully fit to play, while captain Abu Ogogo is available after serving his three-match suspension.

“I hope Luke is available,” added the Daggers boss.

“I hope he has an opportunity to be available in the next game. It was a bit too early for him against Shrewsbury, but hopefully he is available on Saturday,

“We have Abs and obviously we will have Howell back so everyone will be in contention for a place next week.”

One positive omen for Daggers is that the last time they played the Yellows in the FA Cup they progressed to the third round of the competition.

Southport were beaten 1-0 in the first round in the 2001/02 campaign and Daggers would eventually reach the third round before Ipswich Town knocked them out with a 4-1 defeat at Victoria Road.

Burnett’s team would dearly love to get to the third round again and he has called for his players to start picking up wins and show how good they can be – with their performances this season not always reflected in their results.

“It can look like we have a lack of character when you are not winning,” said Burnett.

“You can pick pockets and pick holes and criticise, but we have a good group.

“We have got to stop going ‘well we have to do this, we have got to do that’.

“We have got to do it. We have some fantastic players, but we have to win games.”


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