Chris Wilder is well aware of the Cobblers’ unique and one-sided record against Dagenham and does not hesitate in reminding opposite number Wayne Burnett about it.
The duo are old pals from their days together at Leyton Orient in 1992, Wilder on loan from Sheffield United and Burnett as a midfielder of such repute he secured a move to Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers.
The pair’s paths have crossed on rare occasions since, but the friendship remains firm going into the weekend meeting of their teams, where Dagenham will bid to improve on a record which reads ‘played eight, drawn one, lost seven’.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Wayne, I’ve known him for a long time and I played in the same team as him when he was an up-and-coming player and I think he’s the same as a manager,” said Wilder, who is set to name an unchanged side for thegame on Satuday (3pm kick-off).
“We have a laugh about the fact they’ve never had a result against us, but he is very driven and I’m sure he will have a long and successful career on the coaching side.
“We’ve had some decent results against Dagenham but we can’t take anything for granted because they drew at Southend and beat Bury and those are two of the better sides we’ve played in the past two or three months.
“Dagenham try to play and it’s important we don’t take a backward step after two good results at the start of an important month for us.”
Burnett would dearly love for such jibes to stop, but accepts he will face a Cobblers side which has not always performed to the level of its talent this term.
“I think Chris has had a problem with injuries this season,” said Burnett.
“He hasn’t had the start to the first part of the season that he would have liked, but they have an excellent group of players.
“They were certainly better than us earlier in the season and played a lot better in the first half in particular.
“I have known Chris for a long time and he is someone I have a lot of time for. I respect him very much.”