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Daggers midfielder targets winning streak

17:30 06 February 2015

Luke Howell in action for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Luke Howell in action for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Experienced ace discusses coming up against former team mate

Dagenham & Redbridge's Luke Howell impressed against Cheltenham Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Dagenham & Redbridge's Luke Howell impressed against Cheltenham Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Luke Howell has challenged Daggers to put a run of victories together with matches against York City and Portsmouth coming up this week.

The 28-year-old helped Wayne Burnett’s side defeat Cheltenham Town at Victoria Road on Saturday.

Femi Ilesanmi made 32 appearances for Dagenham & Redbridge last season before joining York City in the summer (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Femi Ilesanmi made 32 appearances for Dagenham & Redbridge last season before joining York City in the summer (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

They now travel to Bootham Crescent tomorrow (Saturday) before hosting Portsmouth on Tuesday in another vital fixture.

The Minstermen and Pompey are both in the bottom eight of the division and Howell insists it is time Daggers put together a run of wins.

“If you look throughout the season so far we have picked up a few points in two or three games and then lost a couple,” he said.

“But it is about consistency now and we have a fit and healthy squad so that should help.

“We have York on Saturday and we can go there and win. I feel like we can go anywhere and win. They are down there with us and we want to start winning and climbing the table more.”

Daggers have struggled on their last two visits to Bootham Crescent, losing 3-1 last season after the Minstermen had won 3-2 in 2012/13, when Ashley Chambers netted both goals for the visitors.

But Howell is keen to put that record straight, adding: “It is extra important when you play a team down the bottom because if you win you get further away from them and you build a bigger gap.

“Yes, we haven’t had a great record up at York, but hopefully we turn it around this time.

“The last couple of occasions we haven’t got the right result, but we will go there confident.”

Howell has been selected to play on the right side of midfield in Daggers’ last two matches and performed well in the new role.

And if he lines up there again on Saturday he could find himself facing former team-mate and good friend Femi Ilesanmi, who has played 26 times in the league for York this season.

Left-back Ilesanmi hasn’t started the last two games for Minstermen, but if he features against Daggers Howell joked he will try to stay away from the defender so his old friend doesn’t kick him.

“It will be good to see Femi again,” added Howell, who played with him for three seasons.

“I spent a good few years with him, so it will be nice to see him. It has just been put in my mind that I will be playing directly against him, so I’m not going to be looking forward to that!

“I’ll try and stay away from him because he will probably try and kick me won’t he?

“But it will be good to see him. He is a good player as well so it will be a good test for myself.”

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