Dagenham & Redbridge: Luke Pennell confident Daggers can end four-game losing run with victory at Torquay United
PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 February 2018
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Essex club make lengthy trip to Gulls on Saturday, looking to end poor run of form
Defender Luke Pennell hopes Dagenham & Redbridge can end their losing run in the National League with victory at struggling Torquay United on Saturday.
Daggers have lost each of their last four in the league, including a 2-0 loss at home to promotion hopefuls Aldershot Town on Saturday.
When John Still’s men hosted United in September, the Essex club recorded a narrow 1-0 win after Fejiri Okenabirhie netted a stoppage-time penalty.
And Pennell believes Daggers can complete the double over the Gulls with victory at Plainmoor this weekend.
“Torquay gave us a good game earlier in the season and they’re probably one of the better teams we’ve played at home so far,” said the 22-year-old.
“It’s a difficult place to go because of the trip, but we need to start getting some results and getting some goals again.”
Pennell made his first appearance for Daggers since September 9 in the loss at Aldershot on Saturday.
The defender suffered an injury in the 1-0 defeat at Hartlepool United and had not featured since despite returning to fitness, with Jake Howells taking over at left-back.
Against the Shots, though, Pennell joined Craig Robson in the heart of the back four, and the versatile defender was delighted to be back in the starting XI.
“I was buzzing to be back playing and back at centre-back after starting the season at left-back,” he added.
“It’s a case of getting my legs back now and I started cramping up with 15 minutes left against Aldershot.
“That’s because of match fitness, but I’ll get that back and hopefully keep my place in the side.”
Since joining Daggers in 2016, Pennell has flitted between centre-back and left-back.
And though he would not be drawn on which was his best position, Pennell is keen to get a consistent run of matches in either position.
“It’s difficult to jump between the two, say playing one game at left-back and then the next at centre-back,” he said.
“Once I get a good run at centre-back I’ll be alright and I had a good run of games at the start of the season to get used to left back and I started settling in there Once I get a run of games in any position, I don’t mind.”