Daggers striker wants to follow in Woodall's footsteps

Adam Cunnington feels he can repeat the goalscoring form shown by team-mate Brian Woodall

When Adam Cunnington arrived on loan from Kettering at the end of November, fellow forward Brian Woodall was yet to score a league goal.

With Sam Williams out for the season and Josh Scott fighting a constant battle against injury it was hard to see where the goals would come from.

Fast-forward two months and while Cunnington has had to be patient for a first-team chance, Woodall has become one of the most important members of the squad with five goals in his last seven league games.

Like Woodall, 24-year-old Cunnington had been prolific in non-league football for several seasons and has now been given the chance by manager John Still to show whether he can fulfil that potential in the Football League.

The imposing forward, whose former clubs include Barton Rovers, Hitchin Town and Solihull Moors, does not begrudge his in-form team-mate a starting place, but hopes he can prove to be just as prolific when he gets his chance.

"Brian's done fantastically," said Cunnington. "You never mind if the person in front of you is doing well and keeping their place.

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"The time when you have a problem is when someone in front of you is not doing it. Brian has been fantastic since I've come here.

"We've got a big squad and competition for places is very strong, hopefully when I get on I could nick a goal, do alright, and see where it goes from there.

"I had a half chance (against Crewe) with a back heel when I came on, it didn't go in, but hopefully they'll soon fall for me and as soon as I get one goal I feel I can go on and get some more."

Having played in the FA Cup for Kettering this season, Cunnington was cup-tied as Daggers run in the competition culminated with a third round replay defeat at Millwall and had to contend with being left out of the squad under competition rules.

Consequently, his Daggers career so far has been restricted to two starts and four substitute cameos, totalling 53 minutes.

However, Cunnington insists he is raring to go, should he be called into action in the coming weeks.

"Surprisingly enough I do feel quite sharp and fresh," he said.

"It's hard when you come to a new club and you settle with the boys, and then you're in and out the team because I was cup-tied.

"I've moved up from nowhere over the last couple of seasons. Training with these boys, no disrespect to the Conference Premier, but League Two is a bit of a step up.

"It's a bit sharper and a bit quicker and in training I'm starting to feel a bit better now, so hopefully I can go on a run in the next couple of weeks, grab a couple of goals and go from there."

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