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Daggers Howell wants to be in running for Chester trip

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 November 2017

Luke Howell  is congratulated after scoring the winner for Dagenham & Redbridge (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Luke Howell is congratulated after scoring the winner for Dagenham & Redbridge (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Dagenham & Redbridge will be hoping to start climbing up the National League table again as they make the long trip to Chester this weekend.

Dagenham's Luke Howell goes up for a header against Guiseley (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Dagenham's Luke Howell goes up for a header against Guiseley (Pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

John Still’s men will travel to the Deva Stadium on Saturday, for a match which will shown live on BT Sport as the early kick-off at 12.30pm.

And midfielder Luke Howell revealed playing on television can be exciting, but admitted you don’t even notice when you get out on the pitch.

“It’s always nice. Obviously the build-up is good as there is a bit more show to it and everyone is mentioning it and talks to you about being on TV, so it’s nice,” said Howell.

“But when you’re playing it makes no difference really, you just play the same and don’t really notice that it’s on TV or anything. Hopefully we can kick on and get a result on TV.”

The 30-year-old, who has been a long-time servant at the club despite his brief season-long departure to Boreham Wood in 2015, is keen to keep his place in the team after missing the first 15 games this season with injury.

“Obviously, I had my injury problems at the beginning of this year and last year as well, but now that I’m fit I’m hoping to stay in the team and just keep working hard,” he added.

“If we can keep winning, though, that’s the main thing.”

Howell is normally used as a central midfielder or an attacking midfielder, but found himself out on the left wing in their 3-2 victory against Guiseley on Saturday.

And he netted the winner in the 80th minute and revealed he thought it worked with him playing out wide in the match, saying he is happy to play anywhere if it means being in the line-up.

“I didn’t mind it, a couple of years ago when I was here, I played out wide before,” Howell said.

“Obviously, I’m naturally going to play narrower, but I think that opens it up for some of our forwards to play in the wide areas which they enjoy anyway.

“I thought it worked well and as long as I’m playing I’m happy to be out there anywhere.”

Chester sat in 21st place after a four-match winless run ahead of their trip to Leyton Orient last night (Tuesday).

And Daggers, who were due to host leaders Dover Athletic at Victoria Road, will be hoping to take advantage of Chester’s poor form this weekend.

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