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Thursday, March 13, 2014
It may have taken a little time for Charlton Athletic youngster Ade Azeez to open his goal account for the Daggers but the on-loan striker hopes they start to flow with some regularity now.
His double on Tuesday night helped the Daggers to a fine 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers, and marked his first goals for the club since moving to Victoria Road from the Championship side on February 8.
There was a sense of relief for Azeez to finally get off the mark for the Daggers, while he also praised manager Wayne Burnett for keeping faith with him after a difficult start to life on loan.
“The gaffer and the coaching staff have shown a lot of faith in me and so have the players so I was happy to help towards the win and get two important goals,” he said.
“I needed to make it up to the club. I should have scored against Mansfield and I want to say sorry to the fans for that miss but hopefully tonight can make up a little bit and I can go on and score more now.”
Azeez, although unsure about the connection for his opener as he headed home Medy Elito’s ball in, certainly knew everything about his second as he coolly slotted home having been set up by strike partner Luke Norris for his second.
And now he feels settled within the team, he hopes the performances and results continue to go the way of the Daggers.
“It takes a while to get used to the players but everyone has helped me settle in really well and made me feel welcome,” Azeez added.
“Now I know what everyone’s strengths are and hopefully I can help exploit their strengths, help the team and myself.
“I learnt well at Torquay but I am learning a lot here as well. Hopefully it is going to further my development, help me in the future and Dagenham as well.
“With the first goal I felt like I lost my marker really well and I don’t know what it came off but it came off something and the main thing is that it’s in the back of the net. The second finish was a great ball from Luke and luckily I finished it quite well.”
The Daggers may well be without two of their most influential players – Rhys Murphy and Zavon Hines – but Azeez and fellow loanee Norris filled the void well at the Memorial Ground in midweek.
Both impressed and the Charlton youngster will be happy to give manager Burnett a difficult decision to make when the duo do return to first-team action.
“I hope they come back and I wish them a speedy recovery because they help the team,” remarked Azeez.
“They are strong and they strengthen the team. Hopefully they both come back quick because we do need them.
“But hopefully I can continue to put the gaffer in a good position, and force him into having to make a difficult decision with the quality of players we have around here. I just want to keep on kicking on.”