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League Two preview: Burton Albion v Dagenham & Redbridge
The Daggers home form may have been the reason why they are in ninth in the League Two table going into the weekend’s fixture at Burton Albion, but boss Wayne Burnett is hoping they can now start picking up results on the road.
At Victoria Road Burnett’s side have lost just four of their 15 games to date, but it’s been on the road where the Daggers have fallen short, with just three wins to their name.
However they’ll be buoyed by the 1-0 triumph at promotion-contenders Rochdale last time out on their travels, and Burnett feels that could be the turning point for his side on the road.
“”Our home form has not been so good in recent times but we got the win at Rochdale which no-one expected,” said Burnett.
“That shows you what we can do on the road and hopefully that can be the start of a good run for us. Maybe it’s time for us to start picking up the points away from home.
“We are under no illusions to how tough it will be. Burton are in the top seven again as they were last season and Gary Rowett is doing a terrific job.
“Burton are a good side and though we managed to come out victorious 2-0 in the home game we know what a good side they are.”
Daggers only injury at the moment is midfielder Luke Howell, who remains on the sidelines following an ankle injury picked up in the 3-3 home draw with Scunthorpe United.
Otherwise Burnett has a fully-fit squad e to choose from, while his opposite number Gary Rowett could include loanee Zeli Ismail, after his loan at the Brewers from League One side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Goalkeeper Dean Lyness was dropped to the bench last week after picking up a thigh injury, and Rowett brought in Robert Lainton from Bury on a short-term loan.
It remains to be seen whether Lyness recovers from the injury in time to face the Daggers, while they’ll be a familiar face in the Brewers line-up.
Damien McCrory, was released by the Victoria Road side at the end of the 2011-12 season, and subsequently made the move to the Pirelli Stadium on a two-year deal.
The Irishman has been an ever-present this season, and scored his only goal for the Brewers against his former club last season in their 3-2 win at Burton, which was also last game Dwight Gayle played for the Daggers before his move to Peterborough United.