Club comes first for Daggers defender

Defender Will Antwi admitted that while he was happy to return to the Daggers side, he would gladly swap minutes on the pitch for his team’s survival.

The 28-year-old had not featured since the home defeat to Southampton on January 3, but after a 21-game absence, he replaced the injured Scott Doe midway through the second half in Friday’s defeat to Plymouth.

With Doe suffering from a hamstring injury, Antwi returned to the starting line-up for Monday’s game against Huddersfield, but conceded Daggers beating the drop remains more important than any personal achievements. “I’d rather we stayed up and I sat on the bench,” he said.

“It’s been a while, it’s nice to get back, but it’s about the team at the moment not about the individual.

“It’s nice for me as an individual, but it’s a bit of a downer for the team.”

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With Doe potentially out for the final two games of the season, at home to Carlisle on Saturday and away to Peterborough on the final day of the season, Antwi is ready to add to his nine league appearances so far this term.

The former Crystal Palace trainee insists the team will approach the crucial final matches with the same mentality as they have throughout the campaign.

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“I’ve been ready for the last god-knows-how-many games, so it makes no difference really, we take one game at a time.” he said.

“We’ll continue to fight, that won’t change, even if it was a mid-table battle it would still mean something.

“No-one goes out to just have an easy game, in every game you want to perform 100 per cent each time, so it won’t make any difference really.

“Never at any point do we think of stopping. We’ll go again next Saturday and then the following Saturday and we’ll go again next season.

“Nothing will change, except for maybe positioning and stuff like that.

“We just have to go on to the next game now, that’s all that matters really.”

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