Jones buzzing for big Barnet fixture

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:56 25 September 2015

Jodi Jones of Dagenham and Newport's Nana Ofori-Twumasi tangle for the ball (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Jodi Jones of Dagenham and Newport's Nana Ofori-Twumasi tangle for the ball (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Youngster understands need for win at Bees this weekend

Jodi Jones may be the youngest member of the Dagenham & Redbridge first team, but he is fully aware of how important Saturday’s trip to Barnet could be come the end of the season.

Both teams already appear to be meeting the bookies’ expectations of a long season, finding themselves in the bottom five after eight matches.

A win for Daggers at The Hive this weekend would see them move above the Bees in the standings, but Jones is aware it could have greater implications come May.

“We’re both down at the bottom so it will be a big three points,” said the youngster. “We have to go out there, do our best and hopefully move above them in the table.

“It will be a good game. Hopefully I’ll start and help the team go on to win.”

After starting four of the east Londoners’ first five league games this season, Jones has found himself relegated to a spot on the bench in recent weeks.

In the goalless draw at home to Newport County, the 17-year-old replaced Zavon Hines with 20 minutes to go and injected some pace into the hosts’ attack.

He found Jamie Cureton brilliantly several times, but the striker could not find the target.

The bright display could see Jones recalled for the match at Barnet and the youngster is itching to get back into Wayne Burnett’s line-up.

“At the minute, I just want to get back in the team. I love playing football and I love playing in a team,” added Jones.

“I want to get some goals and more assists, but primarily be back in the starting XI.”

Jones has already occupied various positions for Daggers this season, featuring on both flanks as well as just behind the two strikers.

But the youngster, who was the subject of much transfer speculation during the summer, admits he does not enjoy playing through the middle.

“I prefer to play on the wings. It’s a bit tight inside because you get closed really quickly when on the ball,” he added.

“Out wide you have a lot of space and freedom. I can do what I want on the ball.”

Daggers fans are already aware of the magic Jones can create when he is granted the freedom he craves.

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