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Double joy for Daggers’ two-goal hero Elito

Medy Elito netted both goals for Dagenham & Redbridge in their win at Newport County (pic: Dave Simpson//TGSPHOTO) Medy Elito netted both goals for Dagenham & Redbridge in their win at Newport County (pic: Dave Simpson//TGSPHOTO)

Friday, March 21, 2014
9:00 AM

Dagenham & Redbridge’s Medy Elito had two good reasons to celebrate the 2-1 win at Newport County on Wednesday night.

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The former Colchester United youngster netted both goals at Rodney Parade to help the Daggers make it five games unbeaten, and on the long journey home from Wales he celebrated his 24th birthday.

Elito’s brace took his tally to five goals in as many games and with so many for the former England youth international to celebrate, he will have to keep coming up with some new dancing moves as well!

“Every time I score there is a new move so hopefully there will be a few more to come as well as the wins!” said Elito.

It has been an upturn in fortunes for the attacking midfielder in front of goal as he took his season’s tally to seven – almost half of his 
16-goal haul since joining the club on a free transfer from Colchester.

And while others have always been frustrated for his lack of a goal return, he gives coach Darren Currie a lot of praise for his revival.

“I always get stick for not scoring despite playing well, but it’s nice to add goals to your game.

“That’s what I have been doing for the last five games. I’ve always been confident, but there is a pattern when you are not in the team where you have to work hard,” he added.

“You think to yourself what am I not doing right? But a part of my confidence has come from Daz.

“He’s always told me to do what I do best and that’s to take players on. That’s what I have been doing and he’s played a big part and I thank him for that.”

It was a backs-to-the-wall job in the second half as Newport enjoyed large spells of pressure, but Elito reserved special praise for the defence as they held on for the win, having conceded late equalisers at Exeter and in the 1-1 home draw with Morecambe last Saturday.

“The main thing was we held on,” added Elito.

“We lost it late on to Exeter and Morecambe, where we gave away cheap goals and that’s one thing we have to brush up on,” he added.

Results may not be coming for the Daggers at Victoria Road, where they are now without a win in seven, but they are unbeaten in the last five games on the road.

And they have the chance to extend that tomorrow (Saturday) when they visit Bury, before entertaining Accrington Stanley on 
Tuesday, where children get entry for £1.

“We don’t go to games thinking a draw will be good for us, but we are now full of confidence that we can go for the play-offs,” said Elito.

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