Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie praises Corey Whitely after return against Forest Green Rovers
PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 March 2017
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Daggers forward impressed against National League promotion rivals after serving a three-game ban
Though he may not have got a goal or an assist, Corey Whitely certainly made an impact for Dagenham & Redbridge on his return from suspension against Forest Green Rovers.
The 25-year-old had to watch the last three National League games from the sidelines after being sent off for violent conduct against Guiseley in February.
Against Rovers, though, Whitely was menacing in possession, running with the ball from deep before laying off dangerous passes to team-mates.
Daggers assistant manager Darren Currie was delighted the ex-Enfield Town man returned with a bang, but says that may have been down to Whitely feeling guilty about his dismissal against Guiseley.
“Hopefully Corey feels like he owes everyone because it was a silly sending off, but I don’t want to harp on about the past,” said Currie.
“He’s a huge player for us, he gives us loads of energy with the ball and he’s hard working out of possession too.
“Corey is a threat and every time he gets the ball, he puts the fear of God into people. He was outstanding on his return, but all of the players deserve a huge amount of credit.”
Another forward player to catch the eye against Forest Green was winger Fejiri Okenabirhie, who supplied the ball for Jordan Maguire-Drew’s opener.
The ex-Harrow Borough forward caused problems throughout and weaved his way past two defenders before crossing for Maguire-Drew.
And as a former winger himself, Currie was only too happy to appreciate Okenabirhie’s display.
“Fey has been brilliant all season and though he, along with others, has had a slight dip, you have to remember where they have come from,” added the 42-year-old.
“They’re playing a consistent, good level of football week in, week out and Fey was back to his sharp and electric self against Forest Green.
“It’s a fantastic bit of skill to earn his yard and that’s what we talk about. He’s fizzed it across and Jordan’s done what’s required at the back post and finished it off.”
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