Dagenham & Redbridge: New dad Mark Cousins pleased to cap fine week with clean sheet in win at Barrow
PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 December 2017
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Daggers custodian recorded third straight shutout at Bluebirds after becoming a dad on Wednesday
Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Mark Cousins says the 1-0 win at Barrow capped a fine few days for him after becoming a father earlier in the week.
Daggers racked up a fourth straight success in the National League, with Morgan’s Ferrier’s second-half goal the difference against the Bluebirds.
At the back, Cousins continued his good form with another clean sheet after pulling off a number of good saves at Holker Street to keep out the hosts and round out a good few days for the custodian.
“The clean sheet and the win topped off a good week for me,” said Cousins.
“When you travel that far for a game, you always want to take something from it, so to get a clean sheet and a win was good.
“It’s probably the most tired I’ve been for a game, so I’m glad I didn’t have to run around too much!”
Cousins can be forgiven for his tiredness after becoming a father in the week, with his wife Katrina giving birth to a baby boy. And it seems the newest addition to the Cousins family already has impeccable timing.
“My son was born on Wednesday evening, so it happened at a good time as Barrow is not somewhere you want to be rushing back from,” added Cousins.
“We took him home on Thursday so I didn’t get much sleep that night, so it was nice to have the long coach journey up to Barrow on the Friday so I could catch up a bit!”
After catching up on some much needed sleep, Cousins was able to record a third shutout in a row during the win at Barrow.
Not since January this year had a Daggers custodian kept three clean sheets in succession, with Elliot Justham doing so against Braintree Town, North Ferriby United and Tranmere Rovers.
The recent run of shutouts is a marked change from earlier in the season when Daggers conceded regularly.
And Cousins believes that is down to the defence now having a more settled look.
“Early on in the season, the back four changed a bit, but since ‘Doey’ (Scott Doe) has come back, we’ve done well,” he said.
“Jake Howells isn’t a recognised left back, but he’s doing a good job there and is very consistent.
“We’re confident now we can keep a clean sheet in every game, which makes it easier for our attackers.”