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It’s now or never for Daggers play-off bid says boss Burnett ahead of Exeter City clash

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

Friday, March 7, 2014
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League Two preview: Exeter City v Dagenham & Redbridge

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Former Dagger Josh Scott scores in the 1-1 draw against Exeter City at Victoria Road earlier in the season. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTOFormer Dagger Josh Scott scores in the 1-1 draw against Exeter City at Victoria Road earlier in the season. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett insists it’s now or never if they want to make the League Two play-offs this season.

The Daggers have won just two of their last 10 games and have slipped down to 14th place in the table ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Exeter City.

That has coincided with a disappointing return at home of late with no win since New Year’s Day, though the away results have started to come.

And Burnett hopes the trip to the Grecians, followed by another away game at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday, will see an upturn in fortunes for his side.

“We have got to start winning football matches again, it is as simple as that,” said Burnett.

“We cannot afford to draw any more and while the home form has been disappointing of late the away form has been good.

“And if we are going to push on and fulfil our early season ambition of reaching the play-offs then the results have got to start coming now.”

Paul Tisdale’s Exeter have struggled at home of late, with no win since October 5, losing seven and drawing four since a 3-1 win over Devon rivals Plymouth Argyle

And while wary of their current plight at St James’ Park, Burnett believes they can turn it around, though hopefully not at the weekend.

“It is going bad for them at home at the moment,” added Burnett.”They haven’t won there for a while but I have no doubt they will turn it around but hopefully not on Saturday.”

Daggers have made the journey down to Exeter today, and did so when they won 1-0 at Rochdale on February 1, with Burnett keen for his side to be fresh and ready to go against the Grecians.

“We trained earlier today before leaving and it is a long journey so we thought it would be best to travel the day before and have tomorrow to prepare,” he remarked.

“The travelling can take a bit out of the players so hopefully already being down there on the Saturday will stand us in good stead. It did so against Rochdale.”

Burnett can include new loan signing Ashley Chambers in his squad after the midfielder joined this morning on a one-month deal from Cambridge United.

And the Daggers were also boosted by the return of midfielders Luke Howell and Matt Saunders to the bench last weekend in the 0-0 home draw with Mansfield Town.

The duo are likely to keep their place in the matchday squad, while Sean Shields can also be included after returning from Northern Ireland under-21 duty, with the winger not featuring in their 2-0 loss to Italy on Wednesday.

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