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Pressure on others says boss Burnett as Daggers head to Wycombe

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

Friday, April 4, 2014
4:00 PM

The Grand National may well be tomorrow and as Daggers mount a late play-off push, boss Wayne Burnett insists the pressure is on the other side’s to not fall at the final hurdle

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Affy Obafemi celebrates scoring the opening goal in the reverse fixture at Victoria Road, where the Daggers won 2-0. PIc: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTOAffy Obafemi celebrates scoring the opening goal in the reverse fixture at Victoria Road, where the Daggers won 2-0. PIc: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

The Victoria Road side are five points adrift of Oxford United in the final play-off spot going into tomorrow’s game at Wycombe Wanderers.

Burnett’s side are also in a fine run of form, unbeaten in their last eight games, and haven’t lost away since January 4.

And while momentum plays a big part in football, Burnett insists the pressure is on those above them over in the final six games of the campaign to not blow their promotion hopes.

“It’s nice to be looking up the table,” said Burnett. “We’ve only got Chesterfield to play in the final six games that are up there but there’s pressure at the top and at the bottom.

“That does incredible things at this time of the season and you do get surprise results at this stage.”

Of the final six games, Daggers face four of the sides which currently prop up the table, including tomorrow’s encounter with the third bottom Chairboys.

And having been down the bottom this time last season, Burnett knows Gareth Ainsworth’s side will be up for the match.

“You have got to play them whether they are top, middle or bottom,” added Burnett.

“I know it is a cliché but you have got to take each game as it comes. Games are often harder when you are playing teams at the bottom because they are fighting for the lives.

“We were in that situation last year so we know what effort teams will be putting in.”

Wycombe go into the game without a win in their last six games, with their last success being a 2-1 victory over Colin Cooper’s Hartlepool United on March 8.

The Daggers came out on top 2-0 in the reverse fixture with Rhys Murphy’s penalty and Affy Obafemi.

And tomorrow’s visitors have to back to January 2008 for their last win at Adams Park, thanks to Dave Rainford’s first half penalty enough to seal the victory.

“We know how difficult the game will be, we have watched a number of games and they are a very hardworking team with some good players,” added Burnett.

“We are under no illusions how tough a game it will be. They have had a tough time of late with a few injuries but we cannot underestimate them. We are away from home where we have been good recently. We have nothing to fear and the onus is on them to win the game.”

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