Date: 11th April 2014 at 9:55pm
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Dagenham and Redbridge host Portsmouth for the very first time ever on Saturday and manager Wayne Burnett has admitted that he is expecting a very tough encounter indeed from the South Coast side.

Speaking to the Official Site Burnett encouraged people not to be too swayed by the lowly position Portsmouth find themselves in as he points to the fact that they have started performing better and picking up points since they changed their manager a few weeks or so ago, so he’s expecting them to continue that form and he knows it will be a battle.

‘I expect a very difficult game, they’ve got a new manager and now have back to back wins. They seem to be picking up points now, so we are expecting them to come here and give us a tough game.’

The manager goes on to say that last time we played them at Fratton Park he didn’t feel we did ourselves the credit we should’ve done in terms of how we played, as it wasn’t a ‘typical Daggers performance’ and we didn’t trouble them as we should’ve done in the game so he’s demanding better from the side now we will be on our home soil this time round.

Ultimately we will be going for the win and that’s exactly what he expects to see us do.

Of course with only a few games of the campaign remaining now, the injury worries are mounting up for Burnett and we currently have Rhys Murphy, Zavon Hines, Luke Wilkinson and Femi all out injured, and whilst he’s hopeful when it comes to Luke and Femi – Hines is out for the remainder of the season – the news isn’t as good for Murphy.

‘Both Luke and Femi should be in contention for a place within the squad on Saturday, but I’m not sure if they’ll be available for the full 90 minutes. Rhys unfortunately needs an operation and it looks like he will be out for the rest of the season.’

The current injury situation has no doubt been helped with the news that we have been able to extend the loan spell of Ade Azeez though, and he’ll no doubt play his own part in the game this weekend.

With three home clashes left this season Burnett looked briefly back to the Wycombe Wanderers disappointment where our unbeaten run came to an end, and said that should be all the motivation that the team needs to ensure we end the home season – if not the whole season – on a high.

‘We’ve got three home games and we’ve got a good opportunity to get more points on the board, the players aren’t going to be allowed to let up and they’re going to be fighting to the very last day of the season because I won’t allow it any other way.’