Howell hoping to learn from mistakes
11:30 23 December 2014
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Daggers ace picked up two consecutive red cards in November
Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Luke Howell has discussed the first red card of his professional career and hopes he has learnt from it.
The 27-year-old has played 118 times for the Victoria Road club and made various other appearances for Milton Keynes Dons and Lincoln City earlier in his career.
But he had never received a red card, prior to his dismissal at Haig Lane in Daggers’ FA Cup first round replay loss on November 18.
The midfielder is now hoping to learn from the error of judgement he made during the 2-0 defeat Wayne Burnett’ side suffered at Southport.
“It was the first red of my career and I spoke to the gaffer afterwards and he said it was very unlike you,” said Howell.
“I reacted in an instance and I should have waited a few seconds so it was hard really.
“It was hard to take. But as long as I learn from it, and next time I don’t have that reaction, I will be fine.”
It was a case of déjà vu the next time Howell took to the field as he unfortunately received another red card.
After his sending off against Southport, he earned another straight red six days later in Daggers’ fourth round Essex Senior Cup tie against Ryman North outfit Waltham Abbey on November 24.
Fortunately the dismissal didn’t affect his league suspension and Howell could see the funny side afterwards.
He added: “It was funny that one because as I got sent off, I was laughing to myself thinking ‘I can’t believe what is happening.’
“There is no appeal process in that competition and it doesn’t go towards league games. The staff and everyone said if there was an appeal they would have appealed it anyway.
“The referee sent off three players in that game so I felt I couldn’t really do much about that.
“I felt it was a fair tackle. I spoke to the lad Matthew Attard after and he said he was surprised the referee sent me off.
“That was a bit different compared to Southport. The one in the cup I felt like it was my fault and is something I need to learn from really.”
Howell was an unused substitute against Plymouth Argyle last weekend, but could play some part when Daggers host Stevenage on Boxing Day.