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Hard work has paid off for Hines at Daggers after winning Football League award

Zavon Hines with his player of the month award. Pic: Football League Zavon Hines with his player of the month award. Pic: Football League

Friday, December 6, 2013
6:01 AM

Dagenham & Redbridge’s Zavon Hines is delighted his hard work is being noticed after picking up the League Two player of the month award for November.

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The 24-year-old found the net three times during the month and beat off competition from Fleetwood’s Steven Schumacher, Chesterfield midfielder Ollie Banks and Southend United defender Luke Prosser to win the award.

And Hines feels the Daggers are reaping the rewards of a happy and confident player.

“I’m delighted to pick up the award,” said Hines. “It’s nice that other people are taking notice of not only what I am doing, but what everyone at this club is building.

“I am enjoying myself at the moment and hopefully that is coming across in the performances.”

It proved a case of third time lucky for the Victoria Road club, having missed out for the previous two months when captain Abu Ogogo and League Two top goalscorer Rhys Murphy were shortlisted, while Wayne Burnett was also nominated for the managerial equivalent in October.

Results in the month hadn’t been the best for the Daggers, but they ended November with a 2-0 home victory over Wycombe Wanderers, courtesy of goals from Afolabi Obafemi and Murphy.

And Hines feels it’s ironic that their worst performance of the month came against the Chairboys.

“We’ve played well and lost at Plymouth and Hartlepool, but on Saturday we weren’t at our best,” he added.

“That’s how it works sometimes in football though. All of the players and the gaffer weren’t too happy after the game on Saturday, but the most important thing was the three points.”

Hines becomes the third Dagger to pick up a Football League award since their debut in 2007, behind former skipper Mark Arber and midfielder Solomon Taiwo.

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