Burnett: We’ll break home hoodoo
PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 September 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge manager rallies troops as they return to Victoria Road
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett believes his team can pick up their first win at home on Saturday after three weeks on the road.
Victoria Road will be in use for the first time this month when Daggers entertain League Two rivals Newport County this weekend.
Since they last played on home soil, the east Londoners have picked up their first success of the season at Cambridge United in the JP Trophy and followed it up with success in the league at Northampton Town.
And while they lost at Carlisle in their last outing, Burnett is confident his team can pick themselves up and grab a first home triumph.
“We have to go again. We haven’t hit top form yet, but we’re getting there. It’s a work in progress and we have to keep going,” he said.
“We have to keep working hard and that’s what we’re doing on the training pitch. We’d gone four unbeaten before Carlisle and it should have been five.
“It wasn’t and we now have to pick ourselves up and I have to pick the group up.”
Dagenham could come up against a familiar face this weekend with Matt Partridge now plying his trade for basement-boys Newport.
The defender left Daggers last month by mutual consent before joining the Exiles on transfer deadline day.
Partridge could line up at centre back for Terry Butcher’s men and Burnett admits it will be bizarre to see his former charge again so quickly.
Burnett added: “It’ll be nice to see him, but we have to concentrate on us and play our game. We have to create opportunities to try and win a match.”
Newport have hardly endured a good start to the season themselves and are currently bottom of League Two with just one point.
But Burnett insists he is reading nothing into the Welsh club’s early form ahead of their visit to Victoria Road.
“Whoever it is, it’s going to be a tough game because they’re not just going to lay down,” he added.
“It’s going to be a very tough game, but we have to be on the front foot and create as many chances as we can. We want to win the football match.”
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