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Burnett hopes Daggers extend happy start to new year at York City

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett on the touchline during yesterday's 1-0 loss at home to Torquay United. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Daggers boss Wayne Burnett on the touchline during yesterday's 1-0 loss at home to Torquay United. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

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Dagenham & Redbridge started the new year with victory, and boss Wayne Burnett hopes they can follow that up immediately when they make the trip to York City tomorrow.

The 1-0 New Year’s Day win over Wimbledon came courtesy of another strike from skipper Abu Ogogo, fresh on the heels of his fine goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at table-topping Chesterfield.

It was also a milestone occasion for the Daggers, as they chalked up their 100th Football League win in their 300th Football League game, while also picking up their first ever league victory over Wimbledon.

Tomorrow’s game will bring to an end a run of four games inside nine days, something which tests every side.

And while Burnett admits there are some tired bodies, he believes the much-needed win over the Dons gives them the confidence boost they needed after a run of four games without success.

“You go to Portsmouth, Chesterfield and before that we were at Oxford,” said Burnett.

“The travelling takes a little bit out of you, it doesn’t when you are winning, mind. Sometimes subconsciously it can affect you, but you have got to play these games.”

He added: “It’s a fantastic result for us. We hadn’t won any of the last four going into this one so we needed it badly. We’ve started the new year on a high.

“Christmas wasn’t a very good period for us so let’s hope we can kick on from here.”

The win over Wimbledon moved Daggers up to 10th in the League Two table, just four points off the play-offs.

And while many will be looking up, the only concern on Burnett’s mind at the moment is registering enough points to make sure of their place in the Football League next season.

“We’re doing okay, we aren’t getting carried away,” he said. “We are six wins away from safety and once we get to that point and mark I’ll be happy.”

Zavon Hines is available again for Burnett following his one-match suspension after picking up five yellow cards, but Lawson D’Ath will miss out after his sending off in the 1-0 win over Wimbledon for two bookable offences.

There are no new injury concerns though, with Billy Bingham (knee) and Matt Saunders (ankle) the only other absentees.

Last season the Daggers lost out 3-2 at Bootham Crescent, despite two goals from defender Luke Wilkinson.

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