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Daggers captain content in defensive role

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 February 2015

Abu Ogogo sees his effort go narrowly wide against AFC Wimbledon - the last time he appeared in the league for Daggers (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Abu Ogogo sees his effort go narrowly wide against AFC Wimbledon - the last time he appeared in the league for Daggers (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Experienced ace has spent majority of his recent time in midfield

Abu Ogogo is expected to start again at right-back (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Abu Ogogo is expected to start again at right-back (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Daggers skipper Abu Ogogo would like to be playing back in midfield, but is happy to remain in defence while the team continues to achieve positive results and move up the table.

Sunday’s 3-2 win at Morecambe made it five games unbeaten for Wayne Burnett’s side, with just one defeat in their last nine matches.

Abu Ogogo celebrates scoring against Hartlepool United, one of the three goals he has scored this season for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Abu Ogogo celebrates scoring against Hartlepool United, one of the three goals he has scored this season for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

The 25-year-old missed 10 weeks through a knee injury during November, December and January, but has helped the club build momentum since returning to move further away from the bottom two.

Ogogo has played the last three games at right-back and performed well, but is happier in central midfield.

“Obviously my preference is in midfield and everyone knows that,” said Ogogo. “But the gaffer wants me to come into the team and do a job at right-back for the time being.

“Hopefully I get a chance to go back in midfield, but as long as the team is winning and we keep getting results I’m happy to be out there.”

Goals from Luke Howell, Ayo Obileye and Jamie Cureton helped Daggers avenge their opening-day home defeat against Morecambe.

Shrimps earned a 3-0 win at Victoria Road on August 9 and Ogogo was pleased to return the favour at Globe Arena.

He also paid tribute to the 70 supporters who made the trip up for an early Sunday afternoon kick-off. “The boys appreciate the support from the fans,” added Ogogo.

“They woke up early to travel to Morecambe and the boys definitely appreciate the support.

“The opening day of the season was one to forget, so it is nice to come to Morecambe and take three points off them this time.”

Daggers now sit 17th in the table, but more importantly seven points off the relegation places.

Burnett’s team have seen a huge upturn in results since Boxing Day’s disappointing defeat to Stevenage at Victoria Road.

Ogogo revealed everyone came together after that loss, which was Daggers third consecutive defeat in December, and spoke about the need to improve.

He added: “That Stevenage game was very disappointing and the boys were very down after that.

“We had a little chat between ourselves and obviously agreed it was not good enough and we said we need to treat every game like a cup final now and the results have improved since then.

“The lads are working extremely hard for themselves and each other.

“We have been more resolute and harder to score against and with people like ‘Curo’ up top, he is always going to nick a goal.”

Results certainly have improved since Boxing Day and Burnett, his coaching staff and all the players deserve a lot of credit for that.


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