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Daggers defender Connors: I’m learning all the time

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 February 2014

Jack Connors of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Jack Connors of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Daggers defender Jack Connors insists he’s learnt his lesson from the sending off against Burton Albion – and is keen to come back stronger for the experience.

The 19-year-old was red-carded for two bookable offences in the 1-1 draw against the Brewers on February 15, and that is the only time the left back has ever been sent off in his career.

But he could be in line for a recall tomorrow (Saturday) when they host Mansfield Town at Victoria Road and the former Fulham youngster admits that the disappointment will stand him in good stead as he continues to learn about life in the professional ranks.

“That was my first sending off ever in my career, including Sunday league and youth football so it was difficult to deal with,” said Connors.

“But the gaffer was good with me and told me I was young and I’ll learn from it. The thing which helped was the rest of the boys dug deep and we didn’t lose the game.

“But I am learning all the time on the pitch and on the training ground. It’s a new experience, but one I hope I can come back stronger from.”

Having signed a one-year deal with the Daggers in the summer, the youngster impressed early on and already has 19 games under his belt.

Such was his success he signed a new three-year deal with the club back in October and since then he has continued to vie with Femi Ilesanmi for the regular left back berth in Wayne Burnett’s starting XI.

Ilesanmi already has over 100 appearances for the Daggers despite only being 22 and his success is something Connors hopes to follow.

“It’s gone well and at first I wasn’t expecting to play as early as I did,” he added.

“I managed to get a place in the team and played quite well which saw me keep my place. I’ve told myself just play as many games as you can and hopefully they’ll be plenty more to come

“Femi is still quite young, but he’s played over 100 games, so hopefully I can follow in his footsteps and play as many games as he has.”

Attentions turn to tomorrow as the Daggers look to bounce back from the disappointment of losing 2-1 to Plymouth Argyle.

And while things have not gone as they would have liked at home recently, with no win in five, Connors is confident the Daggers can turn their fortunes around.

“There’s been a slight blip at home and we need to get back to how we started the season at home,” he added.

“Our home form hasn’t been the best of late, but I am sure we’ll turn it around, we have got a good bunch of lads.”

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