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Positives for Daggers boss Burnett from Thurrock win

PUBLISHED: 17:25 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:25 18 July 2013

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett at Thurrock on Tuesday night. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPhoto

Dagenham manager Wayne Burnett at Thurrock on Tuesday night. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPhoto

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Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett took the opportunity to look at Brian Woodall in central midfield.

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett was pleased with his side’s latest pre-season outing, a 5-1 win over Thurrock on Tuesday, despite a slow start.

They fell behind to their Ship Lane hosts after just two minutes but trialists Rhys Murphy and Lloyd Macklin helped them move 2-1 in front at the break.

The Daggers sealed the victory in the final 17 minutes with a Medy Elito penalty and one each for Afolabi Obafemi and Louis Dennis.

“It was another game and some more minutes for players as the season edges closer and some players have got 60 minutes under their belt,” said Burnett.

“Overall it was an okay performance, the players worked hard.”

Burnett used Brian Woodall in central midfield in the encounter, with the sole aim of improving the 26-year-olds fitness, having recently returned to training following a hernia operation in the summer.

“I had a few triallists in tonight so I thought I’d give Brian an opportunity to play 90 minutes,” he added.

“I felt if I could play him in there I could maybe progress and develop his fitness a little bit more quicker because he’s going to have to run around a little bit more. I am not saying that’s what he did but he did alright.

“It wasn’t his natural position but it was about fitness for him. He’s had an operation which has delayed it getting back to full fitness so it was important he got 90 minutes under his belt. He went up top for the final half hour so he was back to a bit of normality there.”


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