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Thursday, December 19, 2013
On loan midfielder Lawson D’Ath feels the club will begin to see the best of him if his loan spell is extended at Victoria Road.
The 20-year-old D’Ath joined on a month-long deal from Championship side Reading, but missed out against Wycombe last time out due to injury.
Injuries to Billy Bingham and Medy Elito meant the youngster got his chance to impress from the start in the 2-1 defeat at Oxford United on Saturday and though he was pleased to make his debut, D’Ath feels there is more to come.
“I was pleased to start, but the result is very disappointing and my own performance, on the ball I should have been a lot better,” said D’Ath.
“It’s my first game in a while, though, and my fitness levels are only going to get better and I think I’ll push on once I get that level up.”
On occasions the midfielder got beyond Daggers striker Rhys Murphy, and he admitted it is something he enjoys doing.
But in the second period there was a lot more defending for the loanee to do, and while pleased with the showing at the back, D’Ath rued his side switching off right at the death.
“We were pleased with our defensive performance in the second half, but obviously at the end everyone is gutted,” added D’Ath.
“That’s football though, you have got to play for 95 minutes.”
With no game last weekend following their first round FA Cup defeat at Bristol City, it has been a frustrating first two weeks of a four-week loan.
But with an option available to extend it, D’Ath would be keen to do just that if all parties can agree on it.
“I will definitely get better with a few more games under my belt and I believe I can push the team on,” he added.
“I need to play regular football and the only way I am going to get the best game out of me is if I am playing regular football.
“If the opportunity did arise I would love to stay another month.”