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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett hopes it’ll be third time lucky as they look to knock last season’s finalists Southend United out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Roots Hall tonight.
Since their win over the Shrimpers on penalties in the competition back in 2007, the Daggers have been knocked out by their League Two rivals for the past two seasons.
And Burnett is keen for his side to reverse their recent fortunes against Phil Brown’s outfit tonight.
“It’ll be a local derby for us and we will be wanting to go there and win a football match,” said Burnett.
“They started well and have had a couple of hiccups lately but it’s going be a tough game because they always are. They have knocked us out on two occasions so we’ll be looking to overturn that.”
And though Wembley is a long way off, Burnett believes his players should have aspirations of playing at the national stadium, no matter what competition it is.
“We want to progress as far as we can because before you know it you could be in a area quarter-final and it’s an opportunity for some of these players to try and get to Wembley,” he added.
“Some great players have never played at Wembley and it should be an honour to play there regardless of what competition it is. We will be doing everything in our power to go and progress as far as we can in the competition.”
Daggers can make five changes from the starting line-up which won 2-1 at Accrington Stanley but is unsure whether to tweak things too much as they look to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.
“We’ll have a look at it, sometimes when you are playing well you don’t want to tinker with it too much but we’ll see and how one or two players are,” he said.
“One or two may need a rest but I don’t think anyone will want to miss out and that’s encouraging.”
Jack Connors came off at Lancashire with a hip injury and is unlikely to be risked tonight, while new striker Chris Dickson is set to make his first start for the Daggers having signed last Thursday.
The 28-year-old came on for the last four minutes at Accrington but he admits tonight’s match is a perfect opportunity for him to get some game time.
“The JPT is definitely ideal for me,” said Dickson. “I am looking to push for more minutes in that game and hopefully that will give me a good chance of featuring against Cheltenham.
“I am a bit rusty but with some minutes under my belt on Tuesday I should start to get there.”