Search

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

Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football Leagu

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.”

0 comments

Latest Barking and Dagenham Sports News

Yesterday, 19:20
Nick Browne in batting action for Essex (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Honours finish even in Wales

Yesterday, 15:30
Wayne Burnett lost his role as Dagenham & Redbridge manager in December (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Young defender disappointed that boss, who gave him his debut, was removed during season

Yesterday, 12:00
New Barking head coach Ollie Smith in action for the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand in 2005 (pic: David Davies/PA)

New head coach wants to return Gale Street club to glory days

Yesterday, 09:52
Hornchurch's Paul Walter picked up 2-11 for Essex's second team (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

A host of players from the Essex Cricket Leagues helped the county seconds gain the upper-hand on the opening day of their County Championship clash with Glamorgan at Bishops’ Stortford.

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

Our West Ham columnist says the season has been an eight out of 10

Yesterday, 07:00
Tom Toolis lines up a shot (pic: claregreenphotography.com)

Former Coopers pupil impresses in relay event in Russia

Tue, 18:55
Ravi Bopara appeals for a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Welsh side earn bragging rights on day three

Tue, 15:35
The ground which Ilford Catholic call home in Barkingside

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

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

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.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe