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Dagenham & Redbridge: Luke Howell believes making National League play-offs remains realistic aim for Daggers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 March 2018

Luke Howell of Dagenham & Redbridge  and Tom Crawford of Chester (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Luke Howell of Dagenham & Redbridge and Tom Crawford of Chester (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Essex club host Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, looking to close the gap to the top seven in the table

Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Luke Howell says qualifying for the National League play-offs remains an achievable target this term ahead of hosting Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

Daggers head into the weekend in 11th place, but are still within reach of the top seven in the table.

All three points against Rovers, who still harbour hopes of winning the title, will certainly help the Essex club in their efforts to break into the top seven.

And Howell says everyone involved with Daggers will be pushing hard to make that a reality in the coming weeks.

“If you ask anyone at the club, we all feel we’re capable of getting into the play-off places,” he told the club website.

“The squad might be smaller and we might not have as many options if we lose a few players to injury or suspension, but if you look at our matchday squad, it’s a pretty strong side and a pretty strong bench.

“What we didn’t have earlier on in the season was consistency, but since the news of off-field struggles came out, there has been some consistency in the last four games.”

Daggers have endured a tough spell off the pitch in recent weeks following the news that director Glyn Hopkin would cease funding the club.

Hopkin’s decision to withdraw funding led to the sales of key players such as Morgan Ferrier, Sam Ling and Corey Whitely.

Despite those departures, results have picked up for Daggers in recent weeks, winning two of their last three matches in the league.

And Howell is happy with how things are going on the pitch for the Essex, despite the ongoing uncertainty off it.

“From our point of view as players, it’s been good. We’ve had the issues off the field, but I don’t feel like that’s affected us,” he added.

“We’ve lost some players, but performances and training have been really good.

“It’s been a positive in a way; we had a difficult spell over Christmas where we didn’t get the results we wanted and dropped out of the title race, but since everything has changed and now we have a smaller squad, everything is progressing well.”

Howell will hope Daggers can continue to show progress on Saturday with a win at home to a talented Tranmere team.

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