Search

Cousins backs kids to do well for Daggers

16:00 11 February 2016

Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

Dagenham & Redbridge keeper has confidence in young centre-back pairing ahead of Barnet clash

Dominic Hyam of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Dominic Hyam of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

At 29, Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Mark Cousins is far from being the oldest member of a squad that contains Jamie Cureton and Andre Boucaud.

But the former Colchester United man has had to take on a leadership role in recent weeks with a relatively fresh defence in front of him.

Joe Worrall of Dagenham & Redbridge tries a shot (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Joe Worrall of Dagenham & Redbridge tries a shot (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Against both Cambridge United and Wycombe Wanderers in the last week, Daggers fielded a back four with an average age of just 21.5.

Joe Worrall and Dominic Hyam lined up at centre-back with just three professional games between them and a combined age of 39.

While Worrall did concede the penalty which led to the only goal in a 1-0 defeat, he did well alongside Hyam who was making his debut.

And Cousins has backed the duo to carry on impressing as Daggers look to pull themselves closer League Two safety with a win against Barnet on Saturday.

“The two lads did fantastic and they have to be so confident about their performances,” said Cousins.

“They came into a team, Joe has been here longer and put in really good shifts, but Dom has come in so soon.

“Having two centre-backs, they’re enthusiastic. They want to win the ball, they want to impress and you just try to guide them through the game as much as possible. Hopefully with the way they have been playing, that will continue.”

The young duo look set to continue at the back as Daggers host the Bees in a London derby this weekend.

When the sides met at The Hive in September, Cousins watched on from the bench as his side lost 3-1.

But the stopper is likely to feature against the Bees this time around as Daggers look to boost their survivial bid.

And being the oldest player at the back, Cousins says he is more than happy to guide the younger members through.

“You don’t always have to be a shouter on the pitch, but in the dressing room you have to speak to them and give them little pointers,” he said.

“I’ve probably come up against most of the players we play against, so I know what strikers teams have and can give our boys advice.

“You just give them that heads up and it is nice to be able to guide younger players and help them as much as you

possibly can.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Barking and Dagenham Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Barking and Dagenham Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Barking and Dagenham Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Barking and Dagenham Sports News

07:47
Ashar Zaidi in batting action (pic: Graham Hodges)

All-rounder’s half-century leads way in successful chase

Yesterday, 15:30
Dagenham & Redbridge coach Darren Currie (right) in conversation with boss John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers coach confident knew additions will hit ground running and hopes for home opening fixture

Yesterday, 11:30
Lee Goodwin (centre) with his former Dagenham & Redbridge team mates at the Luton Town match last season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers legend putting together a consortium with view to making offer for Victoria Road outfit

Yesterday, 08:00
West Ham captain Mark Noble (inside, right) cuts the ribbon at the new Stadium Store alongside Josh Cullen (far, right) and young goalkeeper Sam Howes (far, left) (pic: WHUFC).

Canning Town boy full of praise for boss Slaven Bilic who has impressed as a pundit for ITV during the Euro’s

Thu, 22:29
Edward Kennett of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Elite League: Swindon 52 Lakeside Hammers 41

Thu, 19:38
Paul Walter in batting action for Hornchurch against Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Walter called into squad for games against Hampshire and Surrey

Thu, 14:17
The ground which Ilford Catholic call home in Barkingside

Ilford Catholic’s Andy Humphrey is writing a blog during the 2016 season

Thu, 11:15
Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Frankie Raymond has been backed to shine in the National League by coach Darren Currie (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers coach praises midfielder who signed new deal earlier this month

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe