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Dagenham & Redbridge forward Corey Whitely happy to fill in on wing with Fejiri Okenabirhie injured

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 October 2016

Corey Whitely of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated by Matt Robinson after scoring the winner against Aldershot Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Corey Whitely of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated by Matt Robinson after scoring the winner against Aldershot Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers attacker says he’s comfortable on the flank ahead of trip to Forest Green Rovers

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge could be out for a while after picking up an injury against Macclesfield Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge could be out for a while after picking up an injury against Macclesfield Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Corey Whitely says he is happy to fill in on the wing for Dagenham & Redbridge with injury set to keep Fejiri Okenabirhie out of the next few matches.

Okenabirhie was forced off in the first half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Macclesfield Town and missed the 1-0 home win against Aldershot Town on Tuesday.

With the left winger absent, Whitely moved out to the flank against Shots to great effect and scored the winner in the 80th minute and the ex-Enfield Town man said he is happy to stay there in the coming weeks.

“It is a lot more work than playing down the middle, but I’ve been a winger in the past so I’m used it,” he said

“I like getting at people, so I suppose it suits me a bit. I do like to cut in on my right so I can get my shots off, but if I’m on the right, I tend to get to the line and put a cross in for ‘Hawks’ (Oliver Hawkins) to put away.”

Whitely’s winner on Tuesday was set up by Hawkins, with the striker robbing Aldershot centre-back Will Evans of the ball, before laying it into the path of his team-mate to score.

Despite not scoring for a fifth league game in succession, former Hemel Hempstead Town man Hawkins demonstrated his splendid link-up play numerous times, as well as winning plenty of aerial duels.

And Whitely knows that with a striker as tall and as strong as Hawkins leading the Daggers’ line, it makes his job as a creative player much easier.

“‘Hawks’ is a big lad and wins 75 per cent of all the balls that go up to him,” added Whitely.

“You can trust him to bring the ball down and link the play up, which is what we play on.”

It has been a tough month for Daggers, having played four of the league’s top nine teams ahead of their trip to leaders Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

Despite the gruelling run, the Essex club have lost just once this month, when reduced to 10 men at Torquay United on a Tuesday.

And with just one game left in what was a difficult October on paper, Whitely is keen for Daggers to end it in style, adding: “Forest Green is a game that all the boys are buzzing for and we want to get the three points like we do in every game.”

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