Cousins hoping to help Daggers rise up table
PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:27 22 September 2014
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Goalkeeper looking to kick on after debut midweek
Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Mark Cousins is looking to help the club climb up the League Two table after he was handed his debut against Portsmouth on Tuesday.
Wayne Burnett gave Cousins his Daggers bow on the south coast but the 27-year-old could not prevent the Victoria Road outfit falling to a 3-0 loss.
Although disappointed to concede three times, Cousins was pleased to be playing again and explaining that a finger injury, picked up in pre-season, hit his hopes of starting the campaign as first choice.
Cousins said: “It was good to make my debut. It is nice to get back playing first-team football again, it was really good Tuesday and I enjoyed it.
“It was disappointing not to start the season, but I had a finger inury and it stopped me training. I picked it up just before the Tottenham friendly game and I couldn’t train on it really and I was on the bench as a precaution.
“Liam O’Brien started the season off really well, but I got my chance and although it was a 3-0 defeat, which was disappointing, it was good to be back out there.
“It was nice to come back and especially at Portsmouth, a fantastic place to play football.”
Cousins felt Daggers looked solid on Tuesday and wants them to take that into their clash against Cheltenham Town – who have failed to score in their last three outings – at Whaddon Road tomorrow.
“I felt we were definitely more solid on Tuesday and hopefully we take that onto Cheltenham,” he added.
“They lost against Southend on Tuesday, but we know it is a tough place to go.
“Our aim is to go there, keep it solid, get a clean sheet and if we can nick a goal that will be brilliant.”
Daggers have a run of three consecutive home matches after the trip to Cheltenham and Cousins believes it is important they get some confidence ahead of that sequence of fixtures.
The goalkeeper is hoping they can pick up momentum this weekend and start rising up the League Two standings.
“We need to get some points on the board,” admitted Cousins. “You can’t go too many games without getting points and we have a couple of home games coming up.
“We have York, Exeter and then Leyton Orient (in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) so it is important for us to go into those home games with confidence.
“At the moment, momentum is going against us with defeats, but if we can start getting a few wins, we can certainly fly up the table.”