Burnett’s happy at change in fortunes

PUBLISHED: 15:30 15 May 2015

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

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

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Daggers picked up 33 points from a possible 60 in final 20 games of year

Wayne Burnett was delighted Dagenham & Redbridge were able to produce a strong finish to the season to move up the table and pull away from the relegation zone.

Following a 1-0 loss at Northampton Town on January 17, the team found themselves 23rd in the League Two table.

But a run of 10 wins in their final 20 games saw the Daggers haul themselves to mid-table safety and secure their position in the Football League for another year.

Burnett openly admits that while the club’s prospects were not looking great earlier in the campaign, he was pleased everyone at Victoria Road pulled together to aid the team’s cause.

“Christmas time it wasn’t looking very encouraging, but we’ve turned it around,” he said.

“All credit to the players and staff and supporters and everyone associated with the football club.

“It’s been a very good second half of the season. To finish 14th above the likes of Wimbledon and Portsmouth, it’s another successful season for the football club.”

Dagenham have one of the smaller budgets in League Two, meaning Burnett has to acquire the majority of his squad through free transfers or the loan market.

And the Daggers chief believes the financial constraints the club operates under makes a mid-table finish all the more remarkable.

“That’s why it’s all the more special when you finish in a position you shouldn’t really be finishing in,” he added.

“We all want to get into the play-offs and get promoted and each season at the start we really do believe we have an opportunity to, and a possibility of doing that.

“It’s tough because of our resources, but everyone pulls together and that’s what makes the club so special.”

One thing that Dagenham does not have a lack of is loyal fans, with 167 travelling to see the team’s final game of the season away to Exeter, and Burnett believes their support makes the club what it is.

“Everyone associated with the club really does play their part. It’s not just the players and staff and the supporters, but the people behind the scenes who work tirelessly to make the club what it is,” he said.

“It’s a special club and it’s like a lot of League Two clubs. People are close to each other. You can have a relationship.

“When we have our fans that travel so far away from home it shows the effort the club makes to be where it is.”

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