Burnett: Returning players will help us
PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 September 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett says the club can continue their good recent form with the return of three players from international duty at Carlisle United.
Captain Andre Boucaud (Trinidad & Tobago) and youngsters Jack Connors (Ireland under-21s) and Niko Hamalainen (Finland under-19s) were missing as Daggers made it four games unbeaten with a win at Northampton Town last week.
Boucaud is expected to slot straight into the starting XI at Brunton Park, while Connors and Hamalainen could feature on the bench, and Burnett feels the returning players will only improve Dagenham further.
“We’re four unbeaten without really hitting our top form. We’ve had a few away on international duty who will come back to the group. We go to Carlisle, which will be another tough game.
“They’ve had a reshape and restructure and brought in some new players and Keith Curle has got them playing. We watched them against QPR, who they beat convincingly.
“We know it’s going to be tough, they’ve changed the way they play, but we’re going their confident. Everywhere we go, people expect us to get beat and get relegated so there’s no pressure on us. It’s a siege mentality like every week and everywhere we go.”
Saturday’s trip is the longest away day the club face this season, with Carlisle’s ground situated near the Scottish border.
But Burnett says the teams can have no issue with the long journey, noting it is the same for everyone when they travel to the Cumbrians.
“Unless they can transport us in another way without having to make the trip, you have to do it,” he added.
“There’s no excuses but it’s an opportunity for players to rest rather than having to travel on the day. It’s a long journey but it gives us additional rest.”
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