December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 6, 2013
Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory may have caused more problems than Daggers boss Wayne Burnett thought, but it’s problems of a good kind.
The likes of Jack Connors impressed in the 4-1 win over Colchester United and the Victoria Road chief admits he’s got a few tough decisions to make ahead of tomorrow’s League Two game at home to Exeter City.
“It wasn’t so great in the first half against Colchester but it was better in the second and one or two people haven’t done themselves any harm from the performances they put in,” said Burnett.
“I thought they all did well as a group. Afolabi Obafemi and Jack Connors came in and they haven’t done themselves any harm.
“Louis Dennis came on and scored while Sean Shields made an appearance. It’s nice for them and it’s competition for places which is healthy.”
But first and foremost the 42-year-old manager craves some consistency from his side as they look to carry their second half performance from Tuesday into the Grecians fixture this weekend.
“The players have to believe in themselves like I believe in them,” he added. “It’s okay playing well tonight, but you have to keep that on and be consistent.
“We’ve got two home games on the bounce now and what it is about is consistency.
“It’s no good playing brilliantly well one week and then hopeless the following week so we have got to get that level of consistency.
“When we do that we’ll be alright. We have got to be a hard team to beat and hopefully we will become a force to be reckoned with.”
Striker Rhys Murphy has missed the last two games for the Daggers with a back injury, but avoiding any late setbacks, the leading goalscorer should be ready to play some part against Paul Tisdale’s side.
“Rhys will hopefully be available for selection on Saturday,” said Burnett. “It just shows that we’ve scored four goals without him so that’s pleasing.
“He has been doing some work this week and he should okay for the weekend.”
Paul Merson was impressed by Everton youngster Ross Barkley in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.