December 20 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett hopes the confidence in the camp can help them to victory at Mansfield Town tomorrow.
Burnett’s side go into the game on a three game unbeaten run, albeit with two draws, but the Daggers chief feels his side’s hard work in training is paying dividends, though knows there is a lot more room for improvement.
“Winning breeds confidence, we are unbeaten in three and hopefully that run will continue and the pleasing thing for me is that we are creating goalscoring opportunities,” said Burnett.
“We’ve scored in every game and I am pleased about that but we have to keep the players at it. They are working incredibly hard, there’s still stuff to work on, and it’s an ongoing process.
“I’ll continue to say that until we are in a position where I want us to be but there is never any excuse. You can always improve and we have a massive improvement in us still.”
On Mansfield, Burnett is wary, just like Newport last weekend, that they have the momentum of promotion last season. And they have also picked up some good results this season, including a 2-2 draw against Portsmouth at Field Mill last Saturday.
“They’ve started reasonably well, they’ll be full of confidence and had a good result against Portsmouth who are one of the favourites to go up.
“They have the momentum and have some good players, we have watched how they play and it’s going to be a tough game. Momentum is a powerful attribute to have.”
On the team front, Luke Wilkinson could again be included in the matchday squad as he continues his recovery from a groin injury, though it may be too soon for Saunders as he recovers from a heel injury.
On the duo, Burnett added: “I think they’ll be available and in and around for selection but I don’t think they are 100 per cent match fit in terms of being able to last 90 minutes.
“Luke is probably a bit further forward then Matt but they play in different positions. It is a bit more difficult for Matt because he did miss the whole of pre-season.
“Matty is more multi directional which makes it a little more difficult whereas Luke is potentially always facing the play so I think it is easier for a defender to come back sooner then a midfield player.”