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Northampton boss praises Burnett ahead of weekend clash

13:00 16 January 2015

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder at Victoria Road earlier in the season (pic: Dave Simpson).

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder at Victoria Road earlier in the season (pic: Dave Simpson).

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Cobblers tactics and latest team news ahead of their match with Daggers

Lawson D'Ath in action for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson).Lawson D'Ath in action for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson).

Dagenham & Redbridge will look to extend their unbeaten run tomorrow (Saturday) when they face Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium.

Chris Wilder’s team eased past Daggers at Victoria Road in September with Marc Richards first half brace sealing a 2-0 win for the visitors.

The Cobblers achieved an impressive two-goal success at Exeter City last time out too and they are expected to be unchanged this weekend.

That means Daggers will come up against former player Lawson D’Ath who made 21 appearances at Victoria Road during his loan with the club last season.

Marc Richards will lead the line for Northampton with them expected to line up in a 4-4-1-1 formation with John-Joe O’Toole just behind the front man.

D’Ath will start on the right of midfield with Ricky Homes, on loan from Portsmouth, on the left, whilst Jason Taylor and Joel Byrom are expected to line up in central midfield.

Lee Collins and Ryan Cresswell will remain as centre-backs for Northampton in front of goalkeeper Matt Duke, whilst Yeovil Town loanee Brendan Moloney will slot in at right-back and Evan Horwood as left-back again.

Forward Ivan Toney is back after a suspension and centre-back Zander Diamond is expected to return after a hamstring injury, but they’ll only be on the bench.

Cobblers boss Wilder has also praised Daggers boss Wayne Burnett in the build up to the match and expects a tough encounter.

He spent time with Burnett at Leyton Orient during their playing days and the pair have remained good friends ever since.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Wayne,” Wilder told the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.

“I’ve known him for a long time and I played in the same team as him when he was an up-and-coming player and I think he’s the same as a manager.

“We have a laugh about the fact they’ve never had a result against us but he is very driven and I’m sure he will have a long and successful career on the coaching side.

“We’ve had some decent results against Dagenham but we can’t take anything for granted because they drew at Southend United and beat Bury and those are two of the better sides we’ve played in the past two or three months.

“Dagenham try to play and it’s important we don’t take a backward step after two good results at the start of an important month for us.”

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