Search

Oxford United are better than the table suggests, says Daggers boss Burnett

14:01 29 August 2014

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

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

Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football Leagu

Oxford United may go into tomorrow’s encounter stranded at the bottom of the League Two table without a point, but Daggers boss Wayne Burnett believes they present a far tougher test than the table suggests.

Daggers' Luke Howell is congratulated after having the shot which deflected into the goal off Matt Bevans of Oxford United for the opening goal. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTODaggers' Luke Howell is congratulated after having the shot which deflected into the goal off Matt Bevans of Oxford United for the opening goal. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

The U’s poor run of form stretches back to last season under Gary Waddock and a 1-0 defeat against the Daggers, thanks to Matt Bevans’ ‘freak’ own goal.

They have lost 11 of the last 12 games in total, but this season’s four defeats have all come by the odd goal.

And despite the defeats, Burnett knows his side will be in for tough challenge tomorrow, especially after the U’s pushed Premier League side West Brom all the way before losing on penalties in the Capital One Cup.

“Oxford will be tough and their position in the table isn’t a fair reflection on how they’ve performed,” said Burnett.

“We have had them watched twice by someone and from what I’ve seen and heard they have played well in all the games but unfortunately they haven’t had a goalscorer to take any of their opportunities.

“They’ve seen what their problems have been and they’ve addressed that with the signing of Will Hoskins who is a very good player for this level so I am sure we will be in for a tough game.

“They showed how good they were to push West Brom all the way in the week and we are under no illusions at how tough it is going to be.”

But while wary of the U’s, the Daggers go into the match in some good form. They’ve secured back-to-back 2-0 wins over Hartlepool United and Mansfield Town.

Even prior to that thought their performances were not too bad in the defeats to league leaders Morecambe and Burton Albion.

However, with the two wins under the belt, Burnett feels he’s got a side full of confidence.

“It’s encouraging to get the wins but the performance levels have always been good,” he added.

“I thought for 70 minutes we were good at Burton and then the first 45 against Morecambe.

“It’s not been too far away but what has been good is that we’ve had two clean sheets as well going into the Oxford game.”

If Daggers can pick up a win tomorrow, it will be the first time they have recorded three wins on the bounce since their opening three fixtures of the 2009/10 promotion-winning season.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Leyton Orient goalkeeper Alex Cisak punches the ball clear against Southend United with defender Connor Essam (four) in close proximity (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Australian goalkeeper looks ahead to Bristol Rovers and hails effort of the fans at Brisbane Road

15:30
Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog throughout the 2015-16 season

Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: Dave Simpson/TGS Photo).

Brisbane Road squad boosted by addition of Joe Maguire, who trained with Reds first team this week

14:48
Great Britain's Tiffany Porter in the women's 100 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China (pic: Adam Davy/PA).

Hurdles final ends in blanket finish

Most read sport

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder