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Howell happy to return and boost Daggers

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 February 2015

Dagenham & Redbridge's Luke Howell impressed against Cheltenham Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Dagenham & Redbridge's Luke Howell impressed against Cheltenham Town (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

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Midfielder has helped Victoria Road outfit pick up four points from last two matches

Luke Howell in action for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Luke Howell in action for Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Luke Howell is getting used to a ‘different’ position on the right side of midfield and is pleased he has been able to help Daggers pick up two positive results since coming back into the starting line-up.

The 28-year-old has been made to wait before getting his place back after his red card at Southport in the FA Cup defeat on November 18.

Luke Howell of Dagenham and Redbridge receives a red card in FA Cup firsr round replay defeat to Southport (pic: Greig Bertram/TGSPHOTO).Luke Howell of Dagenham and Redbridge receives a red card in FA Cup firsr round replay defeat to Southport (pic: Greig Bertram/TGSPHOTO).

But Wayne Burnett played him on the right side of midfield at Cambridge United last Tuesday (January 27) and again on Saturday against Cheltenham Town and he has helped Daggers pick up four points to move them up to 19th.

And Howell is happy to be back, he said: “After my suspension obviously it was difficult.

“You have got to bide your time, but I just carried on training hard and the gaffer asked me to come back into the team at Cambridge.

“All I want to do is play and I am happy to be back out there and we have picked up some points in the last two games so it is good.”

Howell has played the majority of his games in central midfield since joining in August 2011.

But Burnett has decided to try him out on the right and it has helped give the team more balance.

“It is different on the right, quite a bit different compared to the centre,” Howell added.

“The gaffer has said play more centrall. I don’t think he expects me to be doing tricks like Ashley Hemmings! But he wants me to come inside and link the play up with the forwards and midfield.

“I quite enjoy it because I don’t have to get too wide and our full backs bomb on, so I am enjoying it out there.”

Howell certainly played his part in the victory, even if Hemmings stole the show on the left. The winger scored the second and was in unstoppable form.

And Howell praised his display and admitted the players realised how important it was to defeat Cheltenham and boost their chances of remaining in League Two.

He added: “Cheltenham were so scared of Ash. Whenever he got on the ball they didn’t know how to handle him.

“He wants the ball all the time, even if he makes a mistake and he thoroughly deserved man of the match. I thought he was brilliant.

“We want to win every home game, but because they were down there like us it was important.”

Daggers had much more intent in their second-half performance and Howell added: “We knew Cheltenham were there for the taking. We wanted to play at a higher tempo and impose ourselves on the game.

“First half we had a couple of shots, but we wanted to get in and around their box more. We did that and we ended up with three goals so it was good.”


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