December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett insists they simply have to start turning home draws into wins as they prepare to welcome Bristol Rovers to Victoria Road tomorrow.
After winning their opening home match of the season 2-0 against York City, Burnett’s side have drawn 1-1 against both Newport County and Exeter City.
That is a marked improvement on his record when interim boss, where he failed to register a win in six attempts, but Burnett insists turning a point into three at home is a must.
“We have started okay but you need to win your home games and being at home should be an advantage for you,” said Burnett.
“We are undefeated though and long may that continue. We are scoring goals and creating opportunities and all the while we are doing that I am not going to be able to complain too much.”
And he’s keen for his side to make the most of opportunities that come their way, unlike last time out in the 1-1 draw with Exeter, adding: “We just need to convert those chances. It’s not for the want or lack of trying or willingness of the players but when you are on top you have to take your chances.
“I’m sitting here sounding like a defeatist but when you are in a winning position at home you expect to go on and win that game but we haven’t done so.”
Tuesday saw Daggers draw 2-2 in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Crystal Palace, with both Jake Reed and Afolabi Obafemi netting.
Burnett was pleased with the outcome of the match which saw the likes of Luke Wilkinson and Matt Saunders get more minutes on the pitch, though doesn’t see the need to make major changes to last Saturday’s starting XI.
“I don’t think there is the need to change it that much,” said Burnett. “We were quite strong on Tuesday, Matty Saunders, Luke Wilkinson, Affy Obafemi, Brian Woodall, Jake Reed and Femi Ilesanmi all got some minutes.
“They need to continue to get minutes because when their time comes, which it will do, they have all got to be ready to slip back in. We played Palace it was a well fought competitive game against a good but young team.”
One thing Burnett will not be after is a repeat of last year’s result against Bristol Rovers at Victoria Road, a 4-2 defeat after the Daggers found themselves 3-0 down inside 20 minutes.
“We started horrendously last year,” he said. “Individual mistakes cost us that day and you can’t give teams a head start, that’s what we did hopefully we’ve learn a lesson or two from that.”
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.