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Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Fejiri Okenabirhie believes fellow midfielders Jordan Maguire-Drew and Corey Whitely bring out the best in each other

PUBLISHED: 10:30 15 February 2017

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge and Ryan Higgins of Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge and Ryan Higgins of Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Daggers trio started first match since October on Saturday

Jordan Maguire-Drew celebrates scoring the first Dagenham & Redbridge goal at Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo) Jordan Maguire-Drew celebrates scoring the first Dagenham & Redbridge goal at Southport (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge winger Fejiri Okenabirhie has praised his understanding with fellow midfielders Corey Whitely and Jordan Maguire-Drew after the trio started together for the first time since October on Saturday.

The triumvirate were key to Daggers’ good form in the early part of the season, helping the Essex club top the table in September with their enterprising play.

But since Okenabirhie was injured against Macclesfield Town in October, the trio had to wait until Saturday’s trip to Southport to link up from the off again.

All three reminded Daggers fan just how good they are together, terrorising the Sangrounders defence, and Okenabirhie believes the group bring out the best in each other.

Ben McKenna of Southport and Corey Whitely of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo) Ben McKenna of Southport and Corey Whitely of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

“We all have a good relationship and know how each other plays, so we try to play to one another’s strengths,” said the former Harrow Borough man.

“We all worked well together against Southport and did what we needed to do, which is what the team needed.”

Another to impress for Daggers going forward at the weekend was top scorer Oliver Hawkins despite not scoring.

While the focus for much of the season has been on his aerial presence, Hawkins displayed his delicate interplay with a delightful pass into Okenabirhie for Daggers’ third.

And the Daggers winger believes even when he is not scoring, Hawkins remains a key player for the Victoria Road outfit going forward.

“‘Hawks’ is a big part of how we play and is the focal point for us up front,” added the 20-year-old.

“It allows us to build our play and he was great again at Southport, like he has been all season. It helped us to build the platform we needed to win the game.”

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