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Dagenham & Redbridge: Mark Cousins delighted to be named Daggers player of the season

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 April 2018

Mark Cousins was named Dagenham & Redbridge's player of the season (pic: Ned Keating)

Mark Cousins was named Dagenham & Redbridge's player of the season (pic: Ned Keating)

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Keeper honoured after strong campaign for National League outfit

Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Mark Cousins was delighted to collect the National League outfit’s player of the season award.

The stopper collected his prize after the 1-0 win at home to Maidenhead United last weekend, with Craig Robson second and Fejiri Okenabirhie placing third.

It was a deserved win for the 31-year-old, who has played every minute of every competitive game for the Essex club this term.

Cousins says he was honoured to win the award, and was also delighted to pick up a clean sheet as well against Maidenhead.

“It’s always pleasing to get awards come the end of the season. I always aim to be as consistent as possible. I always enjoy the clean sheets and I enjoyed the one on Saturday too.”

This season has been a complete contrast to last term for Cousins, having spent long periods of it as backup to Elliot Justham.

In four campaigns with Daggers, last season was the only one in which the former Colchester United man started less than 10 games for the Victoria Road side.

Cousins admits the last term was tough, but was pleased to make the most of chance when it came his way this season.

“Over the past four years, I’ve played the majority of games, so last season was frustrating,” added the custodian.

“I’ve been a good professional over my time here, I’ve knuckled down and worked hard and when my chance came to start this season, I didn’t let the shirt go and made sure the goalkeeper place was mine.”

As for the win over Maidenhead, Michael Cheek scored the game’s only goal in the 11th minute.

And Cousins was pleased Daggers secured a win in their last game at Victoria Road this season.

“It’s always pleasing to get a win and we’ve had a really good home record this season.

“We haven’t had many defeats at Victoria Road and when you make your home ground a fortress, you normally do well in the league.

“Unfortunately our away form hasn’t been the same, but it was nice to sign off from our home ground with a win.”

It certainly was a good way for Daggers to finish at home for the season, and a great day for Cousins with his personal award and another clean sheet.

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