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League Two preview: Dagenham & Redbridge v Morecambe
Dagenham & Redbridge have improved away from home but now the target for boss Wayne Burnett is to get the form at Victoria Road back to where it was earlier in the season.
The Daggers started life in League Two with a run of just one defeat in their first eight home league games, but it’s not gone quite to plan since.
Burnett’s side have failed to win in their last six matches at Victoria Road, with the New Year’s Day victory over AFC Wimbledon their last home success.
But with two very positive results in the last week on their travels at Exeter City and Bristol Rovers, the Daggers boss hopes the momentum continues.
“We played well at times against Bristol Rovers which is a tough place to go,” said Burnett.
“But we have acquitted ourselves well and I think we deserved to win. It maybe should have been maximum points at Exeter and you then look at Mansfield and we should have won on that day as well.
“The performances have been good of late and that’s pleasing but when you get to this stage of the season it’s important to be getting results.
He added: “Momentum is a big thing in any sport and we are three games unbeaten. All right two of them have been draws and one a win but we have to improve our home results.
“We’ve been better away from home of late but the home form hasn’t been as good and that has got to change.”
Morecambe come into the game buoyed by back-to-back home wins against Southend United (2-1) and Newport County (4-1).
Before that though they had gone through a tough spell as Jim Bentley’s side went 10 games without a victory.
However with only a point and a place separating the two sides, Burnett believes Dagenham have plenty in common with their Lancashire opposition, with both sides expected to struggle at the start of the campaign.
“They have picked up two very good results and I have a lot of time for the manager there. He has done a really good job and in a way they are similar to us,” said the Daggers boss.
“Nobody expected them to be in the position they are in and in terms of budgets they are probably down there with us and the likes of Accrington.
“Both of us will probably feel we have an outside chance of the play-offs and if you can put a run together you are looking up but if there’s a few bad results you are looking down.”
In the reverse fixture Daggers picked up a point in a 2-2 draw thanks to a stoppage time goal from Rhys Murphy.
Skipper Abu Ogogo had put the visitors in front, before Padraig Amond levelled for the Shrimps seven minutes after the restart.
Mark Hughes then scored what looked like being the winner, only for Murphy to slot home Zavon Hines’ ball into the box.