Seabright 'ready' for extended spell in Daggers starting line-up
PUBLISHED: 12:18 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:18 17 October 2013
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Daggers goalkeeper Jordan Seabright is keen to prove himself at the club after making his first league start of the season in last Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat against Cheltenham Town.
Regular keeper Chris Lewington pulled out with a back injury last Friday, and that gave the 18-year-old the opportunity against the Robins.
And though disappointed with Cheltenham’s opener after being caught off his line by striker Jamie Cureton, he felt he had very little else to do.
“I thought the lads played well, first half we were poor to be fair but in the second half I thought we went at them,” said Seabright.
“Maybe for the first goal I was too far off my line but it’s a good finish from Cureton. In the second half I felt the referee killed us. I felt I handled it okay and it was a steady performance.”
The youngster filled in last season when Lewington was out with the same injury towards the end of the campaign, and made a vital save at Exeter as the Daggers picked up what proved to be a vital three points in their bid for Football League safety with a 1-0 win at St James’ Park.
And the former Bournemouth man believes that experience of first-team action from last season has done him the world of good.
“I found out towards the end of the week that Chris had done his back in but he’s done well so far this year so I had to come in and prove something,” he added.
“I’ll always be ready. Ever since I played last year I have always felt ready. That experience last year has helped me a lot so hopefully I can progress this year and we’ll see where it goes.”
This season manager Wayne Burnett has added goalkeeping coach Jim Stannard to his backroom team and Seabright feels he’s made a huge difference for both himself and Lewington.
“Jim has been brilliant,” he said. “He works both of us very hard and he has brought his experience to the two of us and I can’t thank him enough.”
Lewington is still a doubt for the Daggers as they prepare for this weekend’s match at Northampton Town, but whatever the goalkeeping equation is, Seabright believes the Daggers can bounce back at the Cobblers after suffering their first defeat in eight games against the Robins last weekend.
“I am not too sure of the extent of the injury so I hope I can get a run and we’ll see what happens,” he added.
“We have got a game at Northampton on Saturday so we’ll be looking to bounce back in that.”