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Dagenham & Redbridge forward Brian Woodall has learnt from last season’s mistakes.
Dagenham & Redbridge striker Brian Woodall admits he has learnt his lesson from last season and is keen to return to his goalscoring form of old.
The 25-year-old netted 13 goals in the 2011-12 season which ignited interest from Championship club Nottingham Forest.
But the former Gresley man reported for pre-season training last year unfit and overweight and scored just twice from 32 appearances, mainly off the substitutes’ bench.
However, Woodall capped his first start for the Daggers this season with a goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over York City and is keen to right the wrongs of last season.
“Last year was difficult for me, I was on the bench a lot and I couldn’t really prove myself,” he admitted.
“But I think I have myself to blame for that because I didn’t really do a lot over the pre-season last year.
“John Still really punished me there. But it won’t happen again and it was a mistake I have learnt from. I know I have proved Wayne wrong as well this season because he thought I would comeback unfit again.”
Woodall did return for pre-season training later than others after undergoing a hernia operation in the summer, but it is clear to see the striker is in much better shape.
The German-born forward certainly feels fitter then ever, and believes that is having the knock-on effect on the pitch.
“I did come back a bit late to pre-season but I am concentrating a lot on my weight and what I eat,” added Woodall.
“My fitness came back quite quick and I felt a bit sharper this year. The weight makes a lot of difference. The less weight you carry the more sharper you are, but I feel really good on the pitch now and that wasn’t the case last year.”
Saturday marked a return to the goals as well for Woodall, his 13th for the Daggers and he provided the assist for fellow striker Rhys Murphy to cap what he felt was a good all-round showing.
“Goals always give a striker confidence and I set up a goal as well, which is a great feeling,” he added.
“As a striker any goal is a good goal because you have to be in the right place at the right time, even if you are just tapping it in.”
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.