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Boss Burnett - Daggers and Accrington Stanley proving pre-season critics wrong

Zavon Hines scores the opening goal in Daggers' 2-1 win at Accrington Stanley earlier in the season. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Zavon Hines scores the opening goal in Daggers' 2-1 win at Accrington Stanley earlier in the season. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
1:01 PM

League Two preview: Dagenham & Redbridge v Accrington Stanley

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Both Dagenham & Redbridge and Accrington Stanley were pre-season favourites with the bookmakers to be relegated from League Two.

But the two sides come up against each other tonight having gone some way to prove they can get it wrong, although both would like a few more points to make sure of their spot in the Football League for another season.

Accrington sit in 16th spot, six clear of the relegation zone, while the Daggers are a further five points clear, and only sit six off Southend United in the final play-off place.

And Burnett believes both side’s can be proud of their efforts so far this season, though feels the Daggers still need a few points to alleviate any relegation fears.

“We are pleased with how it is going for us at the moment,” said Burnett. “It’s been a tough month but we are undefeated in that period going into the game.

“It’s a good feeling but still feel we need another win to secure our place in League Two.”

Accrington’s start under James Beattie didn’t exactly go to plan as Stanley failed to win any of their opening 12 games, including Daggers’ 2-1 win at the Crown Ground on October 4.

But since then Beattie, in his first managerial post, has acclimatised to the division and Burnett feels he is doing a very good job.

“It took them a little while to get going but like us they are proving the critics wrong at the moment.

“A lot of credit must go to James for what he has done there and I am sure we are in for a tough game.”

Daggers go into the game unbeaten in six, though have failed to win since New Year’s Day at home, and Burnett knows if they want to have any hope of a late play-off push that has to change immediately.

“We’ve been playing okay. Our home form hasn’t been great but our away form has been good,” added Burnett.

“Even in games we have been beaten in early on in February we were still doing okay. The results weren’t coming but we were playing okay and creating chances, we just weren’t converting them.

“We are unbeaten in March and we have now got two home games so hopefully we can pick up at home.”

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