Raymond: Hartlepool win could be platform
PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 October 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder striving to help club grab first home win
Dagenham & Redbridge have the perfect chance to end their winless run at home against struggling Hartlepool United, according to Frankie Raymond.
Daggers have had a difficult time in front of their own fans and have no wins from their first six matches at home.
This weekend Pools are in town and after a solid start to the season, Ronnie Moore’s men have just four points from their last nine games.
With Hartlepool travelling south in such terrible form, Raymond knows it presents Daggers with the perfect chance for a first home success.
“We want to start improving our home form. It will be a good chance to get three points on the board against a Hartlepool team that has been struggling,” he said.
“Hopefully it will be a good day when we can push on and maybe it will be a platform for the season.”
Raymond himself has endured a difficult start to the season after picking up a knee injury in pre-season.
It took the midfielder until earlier this month to make his first start of the campaign and he is now keen to kick on.
He added: “It set me back just before the season and I found it hard it get back into the squad because we have a lot of good players here. Now I’m back in, I feel like I’m doing well.”
The midfielder capped his first league start of the season at Huish Park with Daggers’ second goal in a 2-2 draw.
It means Raymond now has two goals from his three league appearances for Daggers since joining in 2014. But the 22-year-old says he is surprised that
he has got his name on the scoresheet with such regularity.
He added: “It’s strange because scoring is not normally one of my strong points!
“The manager wants the two midfielders to get forward and add some goals to the team, so if we can do that it’s only going to benefit us.
“It was good to get a good goal, just disappointing not to get the three points in the end. I thought we played well enough to get the win.”
With Kane Ferdinand also scoring and captain Andre Boucaud returning from a spell of international duty, Raymond faces a fight to keep his place this weekend.
But regardless of who starts, the youngster is confident they will drive Daggers on to their first home win this season.
“Who plays is down the manager, but we’ve got a lot of good players,” he added.
“Whatever two he puts in will do a good job. We’ll all be there fighting for the two spaces.”