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Daggers boss Wayne Burnett feels tonight’s test at Accrington Stanley will be “one of their toughest games” so far as they look to extend their unbeaten run to six games.
The Victoria Road side enjoyed a fine September with three wins and two draws in the league and cup fixtures but Burnett doesn’t want it to end there.
“We actually think it is going to be one of our toughest games of late,” said Burnett. “They are fighting for their lives and none of these games are easy. We don’t want to be the team that gives them their first win.
“We are unbeaten in five so we are in high spirits but they got a good result against Plymouth (0-0 draw) and they may have been beaten yes but it’s not been by large margins so we don’t expect anything other than a difficult game.”
And while it is difficult to change an unbeaten side, Burnett will have no hesitation in doing what he feels is right for the team.
“It’s difficult to change an unbeaten side but I’ve got no problems in doing it if it is the right thing to do,” he added.
“People are doing well but they have got to keep that up because there are people that are desperate to play.”
The Daggers squad has a clean bill of health going into the game but in the last week saw striker Jake Reed leave the club, while Burnett added former Charlton Athletic forward Chris Dickson.
But Dickson’s international clearance, having last played in China for Shanghai East Asia, hasn’t come through in time for tonight’s game, though he could feature in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Southend United
And though that disappoints the Victoria Road chief he admits Dickson has got a tough job in forcing his way into the starting XI.
“They’ll be no preferential treatment for Chris, he needs to come in and work hard,” he said.
“He’s probably not up to speed in terms of fitness but he’ll get there with games. If he can’t make it to Accrington then he’ll certainly be involved in some capacity against Southend if the international clearance does come through.”
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