Corey Whitely is keen for Daggers to bounce back against in-form Halifax

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 September 2017

Corey Whitely of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Corey Whitely of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge’s in-form attacker Corey Whitely is looking forward to getting back on track against Halifax Town this weekend.

Daggers host the second-placed outfit on Saturday and will be hoping to dig themselves out of a rut after suffering two defeats in a row this week.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday as it gives us a chance to bounce back and get back on track after the losses,” said Whitely, who was carrying a knock recently and missed out on his side’s home match against Gateshead on September 2.

Whitely has started their last two matches and is keen to get back to form, adding: “I’m happy I’m back from injury now as it kind of threw me off when I got injured as I was on a roll. But I’m trying to get back on it and amongst the goals every game.”

Whitely, who is joint top-scorer in the National League with Leyton Orient’s Macauley Bonne, talked up the performances of team-mates Morgan Ferrier and Fejiri Okenabirhie and says he is enjoying playing with the pair.

“They’re great players, they love to play football, love to try and keep the ball, play balls round corners and they’re very attacking-minded, just like me. I like to get on the ball, get forward and score goals,” he said.

The 26-year-old also admitted he wants his side to start controlling games instead of allowing teams back into matches after their 2-1 defeat to Sutton United.

“I thought we were going to get the second goal, but I couldn’t even tell you what happened. We started defending and we couldn’t get out and to be fair it looked like it was going to come and we were going to concede.

“I feel that there were just too many changes in one game, one moment we were all over them, and then the next minute they were putting the pressure on us.

“I just feel sometimes we’ve got to take control of the game and manage the game better.”

Whitely also felt his side should have done better for Sutton’s first goal as Craig Dundas hooked home a bouncing ball inside the box after it deflected off a few bodies from a Kwame Thomas cross.

He added: “The first goal kind of reminded me of the Ebbsfleet goal, where it has just bounced in the box.

“It’s really soft to give away, as we should have dealt with it a bit better, but hopefully we will get it right in the future.”

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