Bellamy hopes competition for places at Daggers leads to a swift upturn in results
PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 October 2018
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Daggers have plenty of options to pick from in midfield, with former Dover Athletic man among them
Liam Bellamy is relishing the fight to start in midfield for Dagenham & Redbridge, and hopes that battle spurs the Vanarama National League club on to better results.
The midfielder, who turned 27 on Tuesday, joined Daggers on a free transfer last month and made his full debut in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Wrexham in the league.
Despite the result, Bellamy can be pleased with his performance as the Essex club prevented the Dragons from gaining a foothold in midfield.
Bellamy will wish that display helps him hold on to his starting berth for Saturday’s trip to divisional rivals Boreham Wood in the FA Cup, with the likes of Harry Donovan and James Blanchfield among those waiting in the wings.
But with Peter Taylor’s men currently on a five-game losing run, Bellamy hopes the competition for places helps Daggers’ results improve quickly.
“Competition for places is good and that’s what you want as a player,” said the former Dover Athletic man.
“We’ve got a big squad, but a young squad. Competition is good, but we have to step up as a group.”
With Daggers currently in such poor form and in the relegation zone, morale among the players may be low.
But Bellamy knows the squad cannot afford to splinter, acknowledging it would harm their chances of ending their rotten run.
“You see that we’re still together as a group in training. We look good in training, but we need to start bringing that into games,” he added.
“It’s different playing matches compared to training, but you don’t want people turning on each other because it’s a good group of boys. We really need to stick together and keep fighting.”
The defeat to Wrexham was the first time Bellamy had lasted the full match since his last start for Dover in April.
The midfielder admits it was tough at times, but knows his fitness will improve with each game he plays.
“It was tough playing the full 90 minutes and I cramped up after about 70 minutes, but I had to keep going,” he said.
“One of their strikers stamped on my toe, but it was one of those things and I had to keep going.
“I think I died in the last 20 minutes, but it was my first 90 minutes and I’ll get fitter as the weeks go on.”