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Daggers coach discusses injuries from Hartlepool match

16:30 05 March 2015

Michael Duckworth of Hartlepool United clashes with Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge which results in the goalkeeper being substituted (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Michael Duckworth of Hartlepool United clashes with Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge which results in the goalkeeper being substituted (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Darren Currie reveals Abu Ogogo’s problem, discusses Mark Cousins and praises Liam O’Brien

Abu Ogogo of Dagenham & Redbridge claps the away fans at the end of the Morecambe game (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Abu Ogogo of Dagenham & Redbridge claps the away fans at the end of the Morecambe game (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie revealed Abu Ogogo missed out on Tuesday night against Hartlepool United with a slight hamstring injury.

The Victoria Road captain felt discomfort following Saturday’s loss at Mansfield Town and was always touch and go to play against Pools.

Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge is helped off the pitch after crashing into the post (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge is helped off the pitch after crashing into the post (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

And in the end it was felt the 25-year-old didn’t need to be risked against the basement boys of League Two.

Currie said: “We were aware from Monday that he had a slight worry with his hamstring.

“Abs being Abs said he wanted to give it a go and we wanted to give it a go with him as well because he is such a crucial player for us.

“He started the warm-up and he was honest enough to say it is not right so we had to make a last minute change and Damian Batt has come in and I think he did very well.”

Batt did a decent enough job at right-back, but Daggers will hope to have their skipper available for this weekend’s clash against Tranmere Rovers.

They will also have a decision to make over Mark Cousins, after he was forced off against Pools with a nasty cut on his head.

Daggers number one went to hospital afterwards and revealed he had stitches put in to mend the wound.

Currie, speaking after the 2-0 midweek win courtesy of Scott Harrison’s own goal and Billy Bingham’s stunning free kick, hoped Cousins would be back to full fitness soon.

“Mark has been fantastic as have the back four since the turn of the year and we still don’t know whether it was one of the Hartlepool boys or one of our own players that caused the injury,” he added.

“He has ended up with a nasty gash above one of his eyes and was dazed by it all so the safest thing to do was to take him off and I am sure he will recover and he will be fine.”

If he doesn’t make a speedy return then 23-year-old Liam O’Brien will be called upon again.

The former Brentford and Barnet goalkeeper looked assured against Hartlepool and impressed.

Currie said: “O’Brien did great and in all fairness he has been as frustrated as anyone is when you are not in the team.

“He got thrown in at the deep end and he made two or three vital punches from dead balls. His kicking was excellent, he has kept a clean sheet and he should be pleased.”

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