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Daggers boss Burnett: It will be tough, but we won’t give up on play-offs

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Friday, March 28, 2014
6:02 PM

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett admits it will be a tough task for his side to make the League Two play-offs now.

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The Victoria Road side stretched their unbeaten run away from home to six games with a solid 1-1 draw at Bury on Saturday, only to lose ground on the top seven on Tuesday, after a poor home showing in their goalless draw against Accrington Stanley.

Daggers must win against fellow play-off contenders Oxford United at Victoria Road tomorrow (Saturday) to maintain any hope, and though admitting it is going to be difficult, Burnett’s side won’t be giving up.

“We’ve still got 21 points to play for and I think it is a tall order, but while it is mathematically possible we’ll be going for it,” said Burnett.

“We still want to get as many points on the board as we can.”

While their away run has shown a lot of promise it is at home where the Daggers have struggled, without a win since New Year’s Day against Wimbledon.

And if the Daggers are going to fall short, Burnett admits it will be because of their poor home record since the turn of the year.

“We seem to be better away from home and the home form hasn’t been good,” he added. “It’s probably going to be our downfall come the end of the season, which is disappointing because we started off so well at home.”

Oxford United head into the game on the back of a disappoining 3-0 defeat at fellow play-off contenders Southend United on Monday night under new manager Gary Waddock.

A night later Waddock was watching the Daggers in their goalless draw at home to Accrington Stanley, and Burnett is wary of a reaction from the U’s.

“They have a new manager and he’ll want a reaction from Monday night’s result against Southend,” he added.

“Players will want to impress the new manager and they are still in the hunt for the play-offs so they will be coming here to get the three points, it’ll be a very tough game.

“We lost out late on there as we have done a few times this season and we have to make sure we are switched on right until the very end.”

Daggers don’t have the best of records against Oxford, winning just one of their previous eight encounters – a 3-2 success at the Kassam Stadium last season.

In the reverse fixture in April last year, Daggers lost 1-0, courtesy of Alfie Potter’s 40th minute goal.

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