September 2 2014 Latest news:
Friday, February 21, 2014
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett is hoping the club can pay a fitting tribute to former kit man Bill Edmans with victory over Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.
The club lost long-standing kit man Edmans last weekend aged 87 and Burnett admits it’s hard for anyone to not be affected by his passing.
“It’s been a very tough week and it’s been difficult for everyone at the club because of what Bill symbolises,” said Burnett.
“He’s what Dagenham & Redbridge is about and he will be sorely missed by everyone, but I feel it will be tougher on Saturday because Bill won’t be there.”
And because of what’s happened, Burnett hopes his team on the day can go out there and secure the win in Bill’s memory.
“A lot of the players had known Bill for a long time and some only for a short time but they were all saddened by his passing,” he added.
“Everyone will be out there on that pitch on Saturday trying to win the game of football for Bill and as bad as it sounds it might give the players a bit more of a cause.
“It’s affected them as much as everyone else but to get the win would be a small, but fitting tribute for Bill.”
While the Daggers home record is still good, they have failed to win at Victoria Road since the New Year’s Day victory over AFC Wimbledon.
And Burnett knows with the tightness of the League Two table that getting back to winning ways on home turf is vital if they want to bridge the gap between themselves and the play-offs.
“We want to get back on track at home,” he said. “The record overall is okay but we’ve drawn three and lost two of the last five at home and we know we have to start winning our home games once again.
“We’ve got another against Mansfield Town the weekend after and it’s important that we get maximum points from both these games.
“It’s an extremely tight league and if you can get two or three wins on the bounce it can catapult you right up the table.”
He added: “Plymouth have been doing okay on their travels so we are under no illusions at how tough it will be.
“They lost 4-1 last weekend and they paid the price for losing a man in the opening 10 minutes but that in my opinion is a one off.
“John Sheridan has got them playing well at the moment and we know how tough of a game it is.”