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Now’s the time I’ll learn about my squad says Daggers boss Burnett

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

Saturday, December 28, 2013
11:30 AM

League Two preview: Chesterfield v Dagenham & Redbridge, tomorrow, 3pm

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Dagenham & Redbridge go into tomorrow’s match with League Two leaders Chesterfield in their worst form of the season, and now is the time manager Wyane Burnett wants his side’s character to come through.

The Daggers have lost their last three leagues games on the trot and lie 10 points off the Spireites, but are also only nine points off the drop – and it’s that last statement that the Daggers chief doesn’t want to get any worse.

“They are probably the best team in the league and we’ve had three defeats on the trot now,” said Burnett.

“We have to stick together, because without each other we aren’t going to progress and develop.

“We’ve started okay but we haven’t done anything yet. If we are not careful we are going to be where we don’t want to be.”

He added: “It’s easy when you are winning and sometimes you are papering over the cracks, but when you are losing it shows you who the real characters are

“What you tend to find is the best players come through and the best players show the best character.

“They are the most headstrong because they know how to deal with it and they get over disappointment very quickly so we have got to get together and go again now.”

Expect changes to be made from the team which lost out 1-0 at Fratton Park on Boxing Day.

Chris Dickson made his first league start of the season at Fratton Park and he disappointed, missing the two best chances of the game for the Daggers.

And Burnett was also frustrated with his role in the goal his side conceded with the man he was supposed to be marking from the corner, Romain Padovani, netting what proved to be the winner.

“His man scored, he gave the ball away at the top end and you’ve got to keep hold of it. It’s as simple as that,” he added.

“It is a very fine line but we’ve not retained the ball and they’ve gone down the other end, got a corner and scored. It’s disappointing but we have to pick ourselves up and go again because we have an important game on Sunday.”

Billy Bingham (knee) and Matt Saunders (ankle) are two that will miss the trip to the Proact Stadium, but the likes of Afolabi Obafemi and Lawson D’Ath could be brought in as they go in search for their ninth win of the season.

Last season the Daggers came away with a 2-1 victory courtesy of a Sam Williams double, against a Chesterfield side which included former Arsenal and West Ham striker Luis Boa Morte.

In fact, Daggers have never lost against the Spireites away from home with three draws and one victory to their name.

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