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It’s all systems go as Daggers prepared for Wimbledon test

Zavon Hines missed this penalty against Chesterfield, and misses tomorrow's home game against AFC Wimbledon after picking up five cautions. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Zavon Hines missed this penalty against Chesterfield, and misses tomorrow's home game against AFC Wimbledon after picking up five cautions. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
4:30 PM

League Two preview: Dagenham & Redbridge v AFC Wimbledon, tomorrow, 3pm.

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Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett has prepared his side for two possible formations when they host AFC Wimbledon at Victoria Road tomorrow.

The Daggers ended a run of three losses with a point in a 1-1 draw at league leaders Chesterfield on Sunday, thanks to skipper Abu Ogogo’s sixth goal of the season.

But Burnett is wary of the different formations the Dons have played in recent weeks, and hopes the plans his side have put in place in training bear fruit.

“They are a hard working side who have mixed it up a bit of late and they like to get at you from the start,” said Burnett. “They play a couple of systems, the 4-3-3 and 3-5-2, so we’ll work on both plans and see what they go with. We’ll be mindful of both systems.”

Burnett will also be wary of the threat up front of Michael Smith, with the striker on loan from Charlton Athletic netting 10 goals, including one in the 1-1 draw at Kingsmeadow earlier in the season.

“You’d be foolish not to prepare for someone like Smith, he causes a lot of problems up top but we can’t solely focus on him,” he added.

Daggers will be without Zavon Hines for the match after he picked up his fifth booking of the season at Chesterfield.

Frustratingly Sunday’s game was the last which applied for the one-game ban for five cautions, and in hindsight Burnett wished he had taken Hines off in the closing stages of the match.

“It happened with about 10 minutes to go and in hindsight I should have taken him off,” he said.

“But I felt he was the most likely player in our team to go and win the game for us but it wasn’t to be.

“You make decisions at the time and you have to stick by them. It does give the opportunity for other players to come in though and prove their worth.”

Billy Bingham remains sidelined with the knee injury picked up in the reverse fixture, but Burnett expects him to be back in training in the next 7-10 days, while the Daggers also await scan results on the ankle injury picked up by Matt Saunders.

Afolabi Obafemi had hoped to make a return against Chesterfield on Sunday, also from an ankle problem, but pulled out late on and remains a doubt.

“We thought Afolabi would be okay for Chesterfield and he’d been training for a couple of days,” added Burnett.

“But he felt he wasn’t 100 per cent and we thought there was no point risking him. Whether that changes much in a couple of days I’m not sure.”

One player who will feature is Lawson D’Ath, who extended his loan spell with the club for another month earlier on today.

Neal Ardley’s side go into the game without a win since November 16, a run of six games, but picked up a point in a 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle last time out.

George Francomb was sent off against the Pilgrims, but the Dons won the appeal and is available for the game.

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