December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with table-topping Rochdale manager Keith Hill as the two sides meet at Victoria Road tomorrow.
Hill and Burnett both spent time together in their playing days at Plymouth Argyle and though he’ll be happy to see his former team-mate, he hopes he gets one over on the Dale boss.
“I am good friends with Keith Hill who I played with for a number of years,” said Burnett.
“I’m looking forward to pitting my wits against him but it’s going to be another very tough game.
“Rochdale and Chesterfield are probably the best two passing teams in the league and they are both at the top.
“Our opponents on Saturday won again against Northampton on Tuesday and are on a fantastic run at the moment.”
Luke Wilkinson is a doubt for the Daggers after coming off with an ankle injury in Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Southend United, but fellow defender Gavin Hoyte is available once again after serving his three-match ban for the dismissal against the Shrimpers in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Burnett does’t believe Wilkinson’s injury is serious, but he may opt bring Scott Doe back into the heart of the Daggers defence having filled in at right back in Hoyte’s absence.
“We’ll have to have a look at him,” said Burnett. “He’s said he’s gone over on his ankle with a challenge with their goalkeeper, but it’s too early to tell the extent of the injury.
“We’ve put him in a cast put that’s just precautionary but I don’t think he’s done anything too sinister.”
Arsenal have decisions to make on a host of first team players whose contracts are set to expire at the end of the season.