Jakubiak happy playing alongside ‘great role model’
PUBLISHED: 16:30 04 February 2015
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Forward on loan from Watford discusses relegation battle and recent change in Daggers players
Rhys Murphy’s departure to Oldham Athletic means Alex Jakubiak and Jamie Cureton could get more opportunities alongside each other as Dagenham & Redbridge look to move further away from the drop zone.
The youngster, who had his loan from Watford extended until the end of the season on Monday, play alongside the experienced forward to good effect at the weekend.
He revealed how Cureton’s movement played a massive part in helping him and Ashley Hemmings enjoy lots of space against Cheltenham Town.
All three scored in that 3-1 win and could now start together at York City on Saturday in another important fixture down the bottom of the table.
“There seemed to be a lot of space between their midfield and defence and they are areas me and Ashley like to operate in,” said Jakubiak, who was talking after the win at Victoria Road.
“Both of us had massive chances of running at Cheltenham and there was space out wide for Ash as well so it was good for both of us.
“It is hard when you are playing with Cureton in terms of us being quite similar because we both look to get on the shoulder.
“But it gave me more opportunities to come short and get on the turn and run at the opposition. I think that is a good part of my game.
“I think Jamie allows the game to be stretched, he takes defenders away so it keeps that space for me and Ashley to operate in. Jamie’s movement is vital in terms of getting us on the ball.”
Jakubiak is 21 years younger than Cureton and unsurprisingly views the elder statesman as a great role model.
“Jamie is 39, but he plays like he is 18. He has got so much energy about him, even in training, and he is great to work with and is a great role model,” he added.
The 18-year-old also revealed there has been a change in the mentality of the Daggers players recently in regard to their current situation.
They realise they are involved in a relegation battle, but will travel to Bootham Crescent this weekend confident of achieving all three points.
“There is a sudden change in the mood in the camp. I think everyone has realised where we are in the table,” added Jakubiak.
“Nobody wants to be battling there until the last few games of the season.
“The sad truth of it is someone has to be in the bottom two at the end of the season and we don’t want it to be us.
“After our performance against Cheltenham there were so many positives to take. I don’t see why we can’t go to York on Saturday and pick up three points.”