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Friday, October 4, 2013
Such was the Daggers difficulty in front of goal last season, midfielder Luke Howell was the club’s top goalscorer with nine.
Dwight Gayle was up in third despite leaving the club in November 2012 for Peterborough and that just highlighted the issue even further.
But this season Daggers are showing much more potency in front of goal, and that’s without killing off any teams when they’ve dominated so far, while Howell already has two to his name from the opening 11 league and cup games this season.
And while his fellow central midfielder Abu Ogogo has stolen the limelight with four goals already, Howell is just happy they are proving to be a menace in the final third, with new addition Chris Dickson to come into the equation.
“We are scoring a lot of goals, especially from open play and there’s not that many teams that are scoring that many goals,” he said.
“If we can keep that up and keep it solid at the back I think it will only get better. Abs is proving to be great in the midfield and he’s even in front of me in the goals.
“I have got a nice partnership going with Abs and Billy where we are playing just in front of him. We complement each other well so it’s going well at the moment and as long as one of us is chipping in with the goals and helping out the strikers that’s all we can keep on doing.It’s great that we have got lots of options and quality players in the attacking third.”
Howell knows Dickson from his two loan spells at Gillingham and with Daggers already looking good in attack, the 26-year-old midfielder believes his addition poses manager Wayne Burnett another good selection dilemma.
“Chris is another older player,” added Howell. “He’s not exactly old but in this squad he is one of the older players.
“He’s played a few games as well and I know him from his time at Gillingham when he was on loan there so he’s another good player who can get goals and make things happen.”
Howell, along with Luke Wilkinson and Billy Bingham took on Sky Sports’ The Fantasy Football Club ‘two-footed corner challenge’ earlier in the week ahead of last night’s broadcast.
And despite being the unlikeliest winner out of the three of them, Wilkinson came away with the honours, though Howell was just pleased to beat former Dagger Dwight Gayle’s attempt last week.
“There wasn’t too many offering to have a go so I thought why not,” he added.
“Wilko won, he did the best but it’s all a good bit of fun and I think a few of the boys were nervous. I heard that I beat Dwight Gayle who tried it last week for Palace so I am happy about that.”
It’s a rare Friday night fixture for the Daggers tonight as the make the trip to Lancashire to face basement boys Accrington Stanley.
Howell scored in the 2-0 win at the Crown Ground last year and while It’s been business as usual in training for the squad, he’s fully aware of how dangerous Stanley could be.
“Preparation has been exactly the same,” said Howell. “We are expecting a real tough game because they are bottom of the league and we know that when you are down there you have to fight for every point.
“I scored there last year and it was good to do that. It was a hard game in January and its not the greatest place to go and play but I think if we dig in and work hard we’ll have too much for them.”