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Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett is keen to bring an end to the hoodoo Northampton currently have over the club.
In six attempts, Daggers have failed to pick up a single point over the Cobblers and although wary of how tough it will be, hopes he can turn the tables on Aidy Boothroyd’s side when the two sides meet at Sixfields tomorrow.
“They have got some good players and I think Aidy has kept some and let others go and it may take them a while for them to gel but he’s certainly got some very good players there so we know it is always going to be a tough game,” said Burnett.
“It always is away at Northampton and it’s usually around Christmas time but we have got them a little bit earlier this year and I do think they are in a false position. “We know Aidy’s teams are going to work hard; they’ll compete so we have to be ready to go into battle.
“You don’t become a bad team having played in the play-offs last season but you would like to think we could change that record against Northampton.”
The Daggers unbeaten home record this season went with the 2-1 loss against Cheltenham last weekend, and Burnett admits he may have got his got tactics wrong for the game.
“The end result was partly down to me because I should have changed it sooner,” he added.
“Sometimes I have to hold my hands up and it’s not always the players’ fault, sometimes it’s the manager’s as well so I’ll accept responsibility for that.”
Gavin Hoyte aside, who serves the second match of his three-game ban, the Daggers have a fully fit squad to choose from.
That includes goalkeeper Chris Lewington after he missed last Saturday’s defeat with a recurrence of the nerve injury which saw him miss out at the end of last season.
The 25-year-old came through training yesterday, but Burnett insists the keeper has to make some changes to his routine to avoid a repeat scenario.
“He’s just got to change his stretching and rehab routines a little bit which will help him get through his tough training regime,” he said.
“It is tough where they dive around and put their body through a lot of pressure but we have to make sure he is monitored and protected.”
Michael Dawson is looking forward to facing Arsenal after Tottenham were drawn against the Gunners in the third round of the FA Cup.