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Daggers’ Cureton nominated for Sky Bet Football League award

PUBLISHED: 06:01 03 March 2015

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opener at Bootham Crescent (pic:Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opener at Bootham Crescent (pic:Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Experienced forward scored four times during February and wants more goals

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge and Dan Butler of Portsmouth (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO). Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge and Dan Butler of Portsmouth (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge forward Jamie Cureton has been shortlisted for the Sky Bet League Two player of the month award for February following some outstanding displays.

The 39-year-old scored four times in five matches, including both goals in the 2-0 win at York City and he netted the 250th league goal of his career on Saturday during the 2-1 defeat at Mansfield Town.

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates after scoring the 250th league goal of his career (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO) Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates after scoring the 250th league goal of his career (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

His weekend goal takes him up to 13 for the season and keeps up his rich vein of form since the end of January.

He faces competition from Plymouth Argyle midfielder Lewis Alessandra, who scored in three consecutive matches during the month and helped his team achieve four victories.

Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the third goal at Morecambe, the 249th league goal of his career (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO) Jamie Cureton of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring the third goal at Morecambe, the 249th league goal of his career (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Burton Albion defender Phil Edwards has also been nominated after scoring against Cheltenham Town and inspiring Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s team to move to the top of the table.

Jed Wallace of Portsmouth is also shortlisted after scoring two goals and playing a key role in the 6-2 rout of Cambridge United.

Cureton went seven matches without a goal during December and January before breaking his duck in the 3-1 win against his former club Cheltenham on January 31.

Speaking after Daggers 2-1 loss to Mansfield on Saturday he admitted he was always confident he would get back to scoring during his drought.

“I think December was poor, we did poor overall and we wasn’t playing well and we were losing games,” said Cureton.

“I don’t think I had too many actual chances, if any, so for me I am thinking ‘okay I know when chances come I will score’ and all of a sudden January and February it has gone back to how I like it.

“At the moment I feel every chance I get I am going to take and the boys are feeling that as well so they want to get the ball into positions where I will score.

“Hopefully I can keep doing it and get another six or seven goals by the end of the season that should help us win a few more games and put us in a decent position.”

The winner will be announced on Friday and Cureton will hope to become the fourth Daggers player to win a Football League award following in the footsteps of team mate Zavon Hines and former players Mark Arber and Solomon Taiwo.

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