Daggers midfielder Howell is happy to be back for late play-off push

20:17 18 March 2014

Luke Howell goes up for a header against Morecambe

Luke Howell goes up for a header against Morecambe's Joe McGee on Saturday. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

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Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Luke Howell is glad to be over his injury and now hopes a late push can see them make the League Two play-offs.

The 27-year-old spent just over a month on the sidelines with an ankle injury picked up in the 3-3 home draw with Scunthorpe, but made a return off the bench against Mansfield at the start of the month.

And the former MK Dons man is relieved to be back, but is frustrated they once again let two points slip at home on Saturday against Morecambe, with the Shrimps netting an 89th minute equaliser.

“I am really pleased to be back,” said Howell. “It’s hard as soon as you get injured because you want to be back in the team as soon as possible. It wasn’t a nice injury, but I’ve come back from it well and I am glad to be back in the team.

“Billy Bingham had his injury, I’ve had mine and Matty Saunders has had his injuries so it’s been the curse of the midfielders! But it’s part and parcel of the game really so I am just glad to be back myself.”

He added: “I felt at the start of the season we had a good home record and picked up a few results.

“We scored the goal first against Morecambe and I thought that would be the difference. I thought we would see the game out, but it wasn’t the case. But if we can get the home form matching the away we’ll be fine.”

The Daggers themselves should know better than 
anyone that a late upturn in fortunes can catapult you into the play-off positions. At the same stage during their promotion-winning 2009-10 season they were in 13th spot, albeit only three points off the play-off places.

On that occasion they lost just two of their final 10 games to sneak into seventh spot, and Howell can see 
no reason why they cannot repeat the feat.

“We are always looking up rather than down so we are confident we can still get involved up towards the play-offs,” he said.

“There are 10 games left and that’s 30 points to play for so if we stay unbeaten for the rest of the season, get some wins, I think we’ll be fine.

“Dagenham have done it before with a late surge and someone does it every season in every league as well so someone will do it and we are hoping it can be us.”


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