December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Luke Howell believes confidence is building gradually amongst the squad after his late goal helped Daggers to a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
The Victoria Road side were one of the pre-season favourites for relegation and had a tough start on paper, but so far find themselves in 11th spot in the League Two table.
However, the 26-year-old believes the Daggers are showing some promising signs at this early stage of the season.
“Both Scunthorpe and Fleetwood are tough games away to have first up,” said Howell.
“It was a big three points at home to York as well as a clean sheet and I thought we were unlucky not to get another clean sheet today, we deserved it.
“Wins always boost confidence but we are confident in our ability and how we are progressing so the win last week has boosted that.
“A few people would have fancied Scunthorpe. We certainly don’t feel like we are the underdogs but we were favourites to go down at the start of the season and we are looking to prove people wrong.
“We feel that’s unfair and it’s our incentive for the season.”
Many teams could have buckled after conceding with just two minutes of normal time left at the weekend, but Howell believed the team spirit shone through as they forced the late equaliser.
“The spirit in the dressing room is great, we never feel like we are beaten,” added the former MK Dons man.
“We believe we can score and we showed that against Brentford in the Capital One Cup as well. That will help us throughout the season.”
Daggers were under the cosh in the opening period at Scunthorpe on Saturday, while Iron goalkeeper Sam Slocombe was rarely troubled.
But Howell felt the visitors always had things under control before their electric start to the second half where they had plenty of chances to take the lead.
“We didn’t go chasing the ball and when they had it we kept them going from side to side, that was the game plan. They didn’t have too many shots on target,” he said.
“They had a lot of possession, but we expected that, they are a good side. But I felt we restricted them to balls in and around the box. We felt comfortable dealing with crosses so we were happy with the first half.
“To be honest the gaffer said that they’d come out at you second half, they are the home side and it’s 0-0 so they would show what they could do.
“But we just stepped it up a notch in those first 15 minutes. We had some good chances, but were unlucky not to take the lead.”