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Friday, February 7, 2014
Momentum is often a big thing in sport and Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett hopes the recent improvement in results continues when they host Hartlepool in their annual ‘Daggers Against Racism Day’ fixture tomorrow.
The Victoria Road side go into the game on the back of a fine 1-0 victory at promotion-contenders Rochdale last weekend, and Burnett admits that confidence is high in the camp.
He said: “Momentum is a wonderful thing, and we certainly have that.
“It’s been a tough week where we have faced three sides in the top seven in Scunthorpe United, Southend United and Rochdale and we have come away with five points, which isn’t a bad return at all.
“It’s no secret that we needed to start winning games to get back on track to where we feel we can be. That win gives us plenty of confidence. Hopefully now we can use that as a springboard to kick on.”
Hartlepool come into the game on a run of four defeats in their last six matches, although they managed to draw with promotion-chasing Scunthorpe last weekend.
“There’s never an easy game in this league and we lost out 2-1 up there earlier in the season, so we know we are in for a tough game,” added Burnett.
“It was a tight match and we had a few chances to go 2-1 up ourselves but we didn’t take them and they managed to score the goal which proved to be the difference.”
Daggers have shown in recent weeks what they are capable of performing well against the top sides in the league, and now Burnett is calling on his charges to repeat that against thd Pools on Saturday, who lie in 15th spot in League Two.
“We have performed well against the teams in and around the play-offs and have done that all season long,” he added. “For some reason we haven’t been able to repeat that against the others further down the table and that needs to change.
“Hartlepool are by no means a bad side and we though they sit below us in the table we cannot afford to be complacent and let league positions come into our thinking.
“The home record has been good for most of the season and we have to try and keep that up.”