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Burnett: We can beat Charlton

PUBLISHED: 13:30 16 June 2015

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

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

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Dagenham manager talks up chances of upset after League Cup draw

Wayne Burnett is confident Dagenham & Redbridge can finally progress to the second round of the League Cup for the first time.

Daggers have been handed a trip to Championship side Charlton Athletic, with the tie taking place on the week commencing August 10.

After their promotion to the Football League in 2007, the east Londoners have failed to make it past the first round of the competition in all eight previous attempts.

But manager Burnett believes that it will be ninth time lucky when they visit The Valley next month.

“It’s a local draw, I’m disappointed it’s away but it’ll be a good competitive fixture. Hopefully we can break our duck and move onto the next round,” he told the club website.

“You’ve always got a chance, it’ll be a tough game as they’re a Championship club and had a good season. We have nothing to lose, we just need to go to The Valley and give a good account of ourselves.

“Last year we had an exciting game with another Championship side with 12 goals and were unfortunate to miss out on penalties.

It was far from a stellar season in cup competitions for Dagenham last season, losing to Brentford of the Championship in the first round of the League Cup and Conference outfit Southport in the first round of the FA Cup.

And Burnett wants the team to rectify that in the forthcoming season.

He added: “For a club like ours and certainly clubs at our level, it’s important that you get a good cup run.

“We had a really disappointing last season in the FA Cup, let’s hope we can change that this season. It’s important we get a cup run, whatever it is.

“We haven’t progressed in the competition so let’s get that done and hopefully put a good run together.”


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