Porter wants chance against former club
13:00 02 October 2014
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Daggers midfielder targets more home wins as Exeter and Leyton Orient come to Victoria Road
Dagenham & Redbridge welcome Exeter to Victoria Road tomorrow night before local rivals Leyton Orient come to town for a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match next Tuesday and midfielder George Porter is hoping manager Wayne Burnett hands him another opportunity.
The 22-year-old came on for a five-minute cameo against York City last weekend, but is eyeing a start against former club Orient next week, as well as on Friday.
But Porter, who signed for Daggers in August after being released by Rochdale in the summer, does appreciate that boss Burnett has lots of options to choose from.
“It is quite a big squad when you think about it,” said Porter.
“There are quite a few players injured as well so it is good to share the load.
“There are a few games coming up like the Friday game and then Tuesday in the JPT so hopefully he (Burnett) changes the team or mixes it around.”
Porter felt the victory over York was important to show the Daggers supporters they can play and win at home.
Before Saturday, Burnett’s team had only managed one win at Victoria Road this season, but the midfielder now hopes they can get a good run of home form going.
He added: “We wanted to get back to winning ways at home, especially because it has not been going well at home of late.
“And it is key for us to get our home form back on form and hopefully we can win a few more.
“The win was really good for us because the fans can see we can play at home and win. Hopefully Friday we can get two on the bounce and go from there and maybe win on Tuesday in the cup.”
Although Porter isn’t familiar with Exeter, he knows all about Daggers JPT opponents.
A move to Orient in May 2010 from non-league Cray Wanderers was Porter’s first break in the football league. And he is excited about renewing acquaintances with his old club, adding: “I have still got a few friends there.
“It has been a few years since I left there, but I haven’t played against them since.
“It will be really good to play, it is just a shame Russell Slade has gone, but I will be happy to play on Tuesday. They gave me the chance to be where I am now, so I am thankful for that, but hopefully we beat them on Tuesday.”
The tie evokes memories of the last meeting between the sides in September 2011.
Daggers and Orient drew 1-1 in normal time at Brisbane Road before an incredible penalty-shoot out occurred.
Eventually, the Victoria Road outfit won 14-13 on penalties and Porter remembers the game well.
“I remember side-stepping Scott Doe to set up the equaliser and I told him that as soon as I signed!” he added.
“It went to penalties, but hopefully we can get it done inside 90 minutes this time.