Gordon admits to blow of being dropped from Daggers XI, but determined to regain spot
PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 November 2018
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Defender had impressed for Essex club in early part of season, but has been out of favour in recent weeks
Liam Gordon admits it was a blow to be dropped from the Dagenham & Redbridge starting XI, but is desperate to regain the left-back berth as soon as possible.
In the early weeks of the Vanarama National League season, 19-year-old Gordon was a rare positive for Daggers and collected several man of the match awards for displays well beyond his tender years.
Despite no obvious drop in form, Gordon has found himself out of the starting XI in recent weeks with boss Peter Taylor favouring Nathan Smith and Luke Pennell.
The teenage defender admits he was gutted to lose his place in the line-up, but is determined to work as hard as he can to regain Taylor’s faith in him.
“It was a blow to be out of the squad. I’m young and I thought I was doing alright,” said Gordon.
“I wasn’t making that many mistakes and I was doing quite well, so it was a blow. I’m strong-willed so I have to knuckle down, work hard in training and in games and hopefully get back into the team.
“The gaffer has spoken to me and he gave me some constructive criticism, which is what I needed. He told me I’m a good player, but that I needed a bit more confidence, so that’s what I have to work on.”
In the early part of the season, Gordon was the only recognised left-back Daggers had in the squad, though the likes of Pennell and Ollie Harfield could fill in there.
With the recent addition of former Yeovil Town man Smith, who has signed a deal until the end of the season, the Essex club now have two true left-backs to choose from.
But rather than fear competition, Gordon is pleased to be able to have another older head to learn from. And having spent part of this season learning from the likes of right-backs Gavin Hoyte and Ben Nunn, the teenager is looking forward to shadowing someone who has plenty of experience at left-back in Smith.
“‘Hoytey’ is a right-back and there was no other left-back older than me at the club or had played as many games as Smithy has done, so it’s good to have him at the club and to learn from,” added Gordon.