Positive Daggers better for Burnett
08:00 17 April 2015
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Victoria Road boss wants his team to replicate display against Luton at Newport tomorrow
Wayne Burnett is hoping to see another positive performance from his Dagenham & Redbridge team when they visit Newport County this weekend after watching them dominate against Luton Town on Tuesday.
They couldn’t break down John Still’s team, who were down to 10 men for 52 minutes after former Daggers hero Paul Benson was sent off for a high boot on Ian Gayle.
But they had the chances to do so, with top scorer Jamie Cureton spurning some golden opportunities, and Burnett wants another competitive display from his team at Rodney Parade on Saturday.
“I was pleased with our performance, our work ethic and competitiveness against Luton,” said Burnett.
“I think it will be a similar game on Saturday to how it was against Luton. I am not sure what Newport’s pitch is like, though, so we may have to play the conditions a bit more.
“When we play against teams that want to pass it and play we enjoy that more because it becomes a football match.”
Although the Hatters aren’t known for their passing play, Newport under previous boss Justin Edinburgh and now with Jimmy Dack in charge are renowned for that philosophy.
Burnett wants Daggers to try and implement their game on proceedings in Wales, though, but admitted it isn’t always possible to do so.
He added: “We try and play like we did against Luton every week. That is our intention, but it doesn’t always work like that.
“Sometimes you get caught up in how the opposition are going to play, sometimes the opposition are better than you.
“But this is how we intend to play every week.”
The Daggers boss hinted he will make some changes on Saturday, but Ian Gayle is expected to retain his place after impressing on Tuesday.
With Ayo Obileye suspended for three matches, Gayle replaced the Charlton loanee and looked solid alongside Scott Doe against Luton.
But although the Victoria Road boss will give some of his players an opportunity against Newport, he expects the hunger and desire to be the same.
“Ian Gayle was excellent. He formed a really good partnership with Scott Doe. He really excelled and was competitive on Tuesday,” said Burnett.
“Saturday will give me an opportunity to play one or two other players, but we want to finish strong. Performances and winning becomes habitual and that is what we need to inherit.”