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Daggers boss Burnett eyeing away-day improvement at Newport County

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

Friday, January 17, 2014
12:30 PM

League Two preview: Newport County v Dagenham & Redbridge.

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Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett believes now is the time for people to stand up and be counted as they travel to Newport County tomorrow.

The Daggers have been reasonably solid at Victoria Road, while on their travels it has been a completely different kettle of fish.

Burnett’s side have just two wins on the road so far this season, while the Exiles home record has only seen them lose out twice – to Morecambe and basement boys Northampton Town.

And while wary of the good home record Justin Edinburgh’s side possess, Burnett knows fortunes have got to improve on the road for the Daggers.

“We’ve watched them and done our preparation accordingly,” said Burnett. “They are decent at home and they have got some good players who’ve picked up some great results as well so we are fully aware of what is needed.”

We all know the home form has been reasonably but it’s not quite happened away from home and that’s got to change.”

Burnett was full of praise for the job Justin Edinburgh has done in Wales, having guided the Exiles into eighth spot in the League Two table after winning promotion to the Football League last season.

“I think Justin has done a very good job at Newport, not only getting them promoted, but also because they are flying high in this league. That’s an achievement in itself,” he added.

Daggers’ preparations have been hampered with their May & Baker training ground not being available for certain days during the week with the inclement weather leaving it unplayable.

That has seen the club use facilities elsewhere to get through the week, but he insists they aren’t the only side in the same predicament.

“They only problem we have had training is getting on a training pitch because of the weather,” he said.

“That’s hindered our preparation a little bit but you just have to get on with it.

“We’ve had to go on the Astroturf and other areas and make do with what we’ve got at times. It’s very wet on our training field but that’s probably the case for most.”

The squad isn’t exactly the strongest at the moment either with midfielders Matt Saunders and Billy Bingham both working their way back up to fitness following ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Back up goalkeeper Jordan Seabright has also just returned to training following an ankle problem and may also miss out and that could leave the Daggers short of a full quota of substitutes at the weekend.

Burnett is still looking to get one or two strikers in on loan after the knee injury picked up by Reading youngster Dominic Samuel on debut last weekend, but hasn’t been successful so far, while options also appear thin in midfield.

“We are looking to bring one or two players in but they are difficult to come by so we will probably have to look to the loan market again,” he remarked.

“We have been very unfortunate with the injury to Dominic Samuel, losing him is a blow.

“Since I have been here we have left four strikers go as well in Gianluca Gracco, Jake Reed, Brian Woodall and Josh Scott - so we probably need to bring in a striker or two.”

He added: “We aren’t blessed with options in midfield but it gives someone the opportunity to have a go. We’ve got to get on with it, it’s a small squad, but that’s life.”

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