Hemmings better with captain’s role
PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 September 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge forward feels armband helped performance
Ashley Hemmings says he has enjoyed the responsibility of filling in as Dagenham & Redbridge captain, believing it has improved his game.
The winger has worn the armband in the past two games for Daggers while their regular skipper Andre Boucaud was away on international duty.
Boucaud is likely to return to the starting XI for the trip to Carlisle United and relieve Hemmings of the leadership role tomorrow (Saturday).
Hemmings, though, is happy to see the Trinidad & Tobago international return and is confident he can still turn in good displays for the team.
“I loved leading the team out and I think it improved my performance because you have more responsibilities,” said the attacker.
“Even without the captain’s armband, I’m still going to go out and play the best I can.”
Hemmings has been in prolific form recently, netting twice in Dagenham’s last three games and creating a host of opportunities.
Matt McClure is another to find the net on a regular basis recently and leads the club’s scoring charts with four.
Hemmings hopes the former Wycombe man can keep his rich run of form going and believes he can get even better.
“Matt is hungry for goals. He’s already told me as soon as I get the ball, if I can cross it he’ll be running into the box to get on to it,” he added.
“That’s helped me with my crossing and assists and it’s helping him get goals.
“He’s come into the team and done great so far. I know he’s going to keep it going and hopefully get more goals.”
McClure only joined Daggers in the summer, as did midfielder Kane Ferdinand, who has featured in every game so far.
And the 22-year-old is likely to make more appearances too, having signed an extended contract until December.
Ferdinand had a difficult start to his career at Victoria Road, but Hemmings insists the former Southend youngster is starting to show his best form.
“Kane can run the whole game and is great on the ball as well. The more he plays, the more he’s going to get used to things,” added Hemmings.
“He’s one of those players in midfield who you know will shine in a team and be the best player on the park. I know he’ll find me and get it out to me.”
Ferdinand is likely to keep his place in midfield for the long journey to the north west this weekend.
On their last visit to Brunton Park, Daggers lost 1-0 and Ayo Obileye was sent off in what turned out to be the last game of his first loan spell.
But Hemmings is confident it will be a lot better for Dagenham this time around as they look to extend their four-match unbeaten run.
“We want to go up there and upset them with a win. Our confidence is high and I think we can go anywhere at the moment and get a win,” he said.
“We’ve just got to go there, play the game we have been playing and hopefully come away with the win this time.”
Another stellar display from Hemmings will likely help achieve that target.
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