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Safety still Daggers boss Burnett’s primary concern ahead of Bury visit

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

Friday, March 21, 2014
4:14 PM

Dagenham & Redbridge are only five points off the League Two play-off places going into tomorrow’s game at Bury, but boss Wayne Burnett’s sole focus is still on securing their spot in the Football League next season.

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The Daggers are 11 points clear of the relegation zone with nine games remaining and though they are nearer the play-offs, he feels one more win should be enough to ensure another season in the Football League.

“I still think we are a win away before securing our spot in the league we are on 49 points and around 51/52 has generally been good enough in past seasons,” said Burnett.

“There isn’t too much of a gap now between us and the play-offs but we won’t look too far ahead and I know it is a cliché but all we are focusing on is the next game.”

Tomorrow’s hosts have failed to win any of their last five games, but have picked up good home draws against promotion contenders Rochdale and Chesterfield.

Those results are part of strong record for the Shakers at Gigg Lane, with just three defeats all season. But that does include 10 draws, the most recorded by any side at home in the league.

Burnett took in their match at Torquay United on Tuesday night, which saw David Flitcroft’s side lose 2-1 to the league basement boys, but he has seen enough to know his side will be in for a tough game.

“I was at their game on Tuesday and Torquay looked the better in the first half but David Flitcroft has done a very good job there and they like to play football,” said Burnett.

“They try and move it about and it is nice to see that. Both teams will be going for the three points but I feel it’ll be a very tactical game as well so it’s one I am looking forward to.”

The Shakers may have a good home record, but of late Daggers have been successful on the road.

It’s five games unbeaten away from Victoria Road for Burnett’s side and the boss believes the hard work on the training ground is paying off.

“There is a lot of confidence around the camp,” he added.

“We are unbeaten in March but it is all down to the boys, they have put in a lot of hard work in on the training ground and the moment we are reaping the rewards.

“We haven’t been playing too badly of late, although the results at home haven’t quite come. We should have won at home against Morecambe and Mansfield and we didn’t play too badly despite losing to Plymouth and Hartlepool.

“It’s disappointing we haven’t picked up a few more points but that’s in the past now and we have to focus on these remaining nine games.”

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