Tejan-Sie ready to take his chance
WHEN Danny Spiller was forced off injured at the weekend, youngster Tommy Tejan-Sie was finally given the chance to show the Daggers faithful just what he could do. Manager John Still has long been an admirer of the 20-year-old s talents, but this was the
by MIKE SIMMONDS
WHEN Danny Spiller was forced off injured at the weekend, youngster Tommy Tejan-Sie was finally given the chance to show the Daggers faithful just what he could do.
Manager John Still has long been an admirer of the 20-year-old's talents, but this was the first time this season he had utilised them in a league game.
For Tejan-Sie, who came to the club three years ago after being released by Leicester, he was just delighted to get out on to the playing field.
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"I was over the moon to get out there, it's just been a case of waiting my turn really," said the London-born midfielder.
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"I started warming up straight away when Danny got injured and was grateful to get my chance.
"John (Still) just told me to enjoy myself, get on the ball, move it quickly and that's what I like to do.
"I thought I did alright when I was out there too."
Tejan-Sie last tasted first-team action for Daggers back in January, when he came on during the 2-1 home defeat by Exeter City, his third appearance for the club.
This campaign, he was sent on loan to Braintree for the opening two months months to get some first team experience with former Daggers academy boss Robbie Garvey, now in charge at Cressing Road.
He played on the left of midfield there, a position he might well be placed in again, depending on the length of Spiller's injury.
"I went out on loan and enjoyed it, but have come back recently and been on the bench," said Tejan-Sie, whose more natural position is in the centre of midfield.
"I played most weeks at Braintree, and was playing left midfield, so it was something I have got used too."
Tejan-Sie's emergence at Victoria Road is another in the long line of players that have been brought through by manager Still, and with that, comes a tremendous team spirit that is harboured at a close-knit Daggers.
"The spirit here is excellent," admitted Tejan-Sie.
"There are some great young players here like Danny Green, Billy Bingham and Wesley Thomas, they are all class.
"We're all quite close too, which makes it a good place to play."
Daggers host Bradford this weekend, a team who were plying their trade in the Premier League not too long ago.
Tejan-Sie is expecting a hard match from the Bantams, but is hoping first and foremost, to be involved again, this time from the start.
"They are a good side and are doing alright, it will be a tough test for us," he said.
"I think at home we're strong and not many teams will beat us there.
"I'm hoping to be in the team again, that's what I'm praying, as I want to keep playing.
"Hopefully I can just keep progressiong and be part of the side."
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