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Ogogo good to go and targets goals

15:00 23 January 2015

Abu Ogogo celebrates scoring against Hartlepool United, one of the three goals he has scored this season for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Abu Ogogo celebrates scoring against Hartlepool United, one of the three goals he has scored this season for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Victoria Road skipper will be watching rivals in FA Cup action this evening

Abu Ogogo sees his effort go narrowly wide against AFC Wimbledon - the last time he appeared in the league for Daggers (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Abu Ogogo sees his effort go narrowly wide against AFC Wimbledon - the last time he appeared in the league for Daggers (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Abu Ogogo is hoping to see League Two rivals Cambridge United struggle in the fourth round of the FA Cup when they host Premier League giants Manchester United tonight (Friday) ahead of Dagenham & Redbridge’s trip to Abbey Stadium on Tuesday.

Wayne Burnett’s team are without a match this weekend with the U’s in FA Cup action, but they will be keeping a close eye on the fourth round tie involving the Red Devils.

Daggers skipper Abu Ogogo and Newport County's Lee Minshull clash in the incident that saw Ogogo sent off (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Daggers skipper Abu Ogogo and Newport County's Lee Minshull clash in the incident that saw Ogogo sent off (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

And Ogogo, who will return after suffering lateral collateral ligament (LCL) damage on the side of his knee on November 15, hopes Daggers can achieve a positive result against their League Two rivals next week.

“I will be watching them and hopefully Manchester United, as expected, can give them the run around,” said Ogogo.

Daggers captain Abu Ogogo is sent off against Newport County (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Daggers captain Abu Ogogo is sent off against Newport County (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

“Hopefully they will be a bit tired for Tuesday and we can take advantage.

“I said to the boys Cambridge will be buzzing after playing against Wayne Rooney and all the stars Manchester United have got. But then next game they have got us so we want them to go from a high to a low.

“We are hoping results go our way on Saturday, because we haven’t got a game.

“But regardless of how other teams do, we need to focus on our job and go to Cambridge and get three points.”

It has been a frustrating few months for the Daggers skipper as he has missed the last 10 matches with injury and watched from the sidelines.

But he aims to make up for lost time now and would like to reach the goal target he set himself at the start of the season.

“Last year I scored nine so my aim was 10. I started off with three goals in three games, but obviously getting sent off against Newport County I missed three games,” Ogogo added.

“And getting injured I have missed God knows how many matches , so to get seven goals in the remaining 20 games is a big ask for a midfielder. But it is not impossible and I will try to score as many as I can.”

Daggers have struggled for goals lately, but Ogogo is confident in the squad Wayne Burnett has built.

He is certain they will stay up and after playing 90 minutes in the Essex Senior Cup defeat to Concord Rangers on Tuesday – scoring a wonder goal but then missed in the shoot-out – he is raring to go against Cambridge.

Ogogo added: “We have scored one in seven so the goals have dried up. I think our attacking play, when we get into the last third, needs to be better.

“Obviously the results haven’t gone our way as of late. But I know how good the boys are and how good we can be on our day so I am very confident that we will stay up.”

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