Daggers to survive in Wayne’s world

Recent form delights coach Burnett

Coach Wayne Burnett is confident Dagenham & Redbridge can maintain their excellent recent run and secure the points to prove their pre-season doubters wrong and avoid relegation.

Following their 1-0 defeat at home to MK Dons on January 22, Daggers were second from bottom and seven points adrift of safety.

Since then however, John Still’s side have lost just two of their last nine games and find themselves outside the bottom four on goal difference, with at least two games in hand on those clubs around them.

And Burnett feels the Daggers players deserve all the plaudits for their recent upsurge in form.

“The players deserve every piece of credit that they get, because to be in a position that we’re in now, after everyone wrote us off at the start of the season saying we’d have no chance whatsoever, for this football club it’s fantastic,” he said.

“If you look at the form guide, away from home we’re the third best team in the league, and I think we’re seventh best over the last eight games. That’s promotion form.

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“We’ve put ourselves in a really good position now and it’s fully deserved because we’ve worked incredibly hard. The players deserve full credit and so do the fans.

“They’ve helped, they come along and they support us, they’ve been through it with us and it’s just great.”

Daggers fell behind on the stroke of half time, but levelled late in the game through Jon Nurse.

At first glance there appeared to be an element of fortune about the goal, but Burnett insisted the Barbados international knew exactly what he was doing.

“Gainy’s had a shot, its come off Nursey and gone in,” said Burnett.

“He said he’s headed it and he’ll be credited with the goal and fully deserved.”

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