Daggers have to wait for Cambridge exam
15:15 22 January 2015
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Sean Shields departs the club; Zavon Hines features in Essex Senior Cup
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett is frustrated his side has to wait 10 days before having an opportunity to move out of the League Two relegation places.
The Victoria Road outfit dropped into the bottom two after last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Northampton Town.
They are without a fixture on Saturday due to Cambridge United’s involvement in the fourth round of the FA Cup, as they host Manchester United at Abbey Stadium on Friday.
Daggers will now visit U’s on Tuesday (January 27) and Burnett – frustrated at the wait – is remaining confident.
“We went into the bottom two on goal difference, but there’s still 20 games to go,” he said.
“There are still lots of points to obtain and we will be fighting. I have got no doubts about us achieving enough points to stay up, no doubts at all.
“The beauty of this wonderful game is you can hopefully rectify a defeat with another game. Unfortunately we haven’t got another one for 10 days after the Northampton match so it’s a little bit disappointing.
“But we will have to wait until Tuesday against Cambridge to put it right.”
Burnett’s side will most likely need a win at Cambridge to move out of the relegation places, as Tranmere Rovers host Hartlepool this weekend.
But for Daggers to win they need to solve their goalscoring problem – Rhys Murphy’s strike against Bury on January 3 is the only time they have found the net in the league over the past two months.
Burnett added: “It has been difficult because we are getting people fit, with the likes of Murphy coming back to fitness.
“Jamie Cureton has not scored in five games so we have found it difficult to score goals.”
Daggers did score twice in their Essex Senior Cup quarter-final tie with Concord Rangers on Tuesday, but they bowed out of the competition following a 4-2 shoot-out loss.
Zavon Hines played 78 minutes, but was forced off after appearing to pull up injured. However, the winger later revealed it was only minor.
The Conference South outfit deserved their win and someone else who is off to that division is Sean Shields after his contract with the club was mutually cancelled last week.
He has signed for Ebbsfleet United, Burnett said: “Sean has gone on to hopefully develop and progress his career.
“What a wonderful lad. He probably didn’t get the opportunities that he would have wanted at the club, but that is football sometimes.”