Still praises Vincelot goal-scoring heroics
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE boss John Still has praised derby hero Romain Vincelot, but challenged the midfielder to improve upon his recent goalscoring exploits.
The Frenchman who recently signed a new two-year contract at Victoria Road, has scored three times in the last two fixtures, including a headed brace to sink rivals Leyton Orient on Saturday.
Having started out in defence, Vincelot has proved expert at timing his surges into the penalty area from central midfield and Still believes there is more to come from him.
“He’s done very well since he’s been here, I’ve been pleased with him,” he said.
“He works very hard and makes great runs into the box and that’s shown, not just in the goals he’s scored, but also the efforts he’s had at goal.
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“We push him hard in training to get into the box because he has got that knack. Now he has to work with it and try to improve it at as much as he can.
“He’s a willing learner and I think the results of hard work he’s doing off the pitch, on the training ground, are showing in the game.”
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Vincelot has credited his team-mates for his recent hot streak, although dismissed the option of switching positions once more, into attack.
“I don’t think I have the qualities to play centre forward. I like to go forward, but I like to defend as well so midfield is a good position,” he laughed.
“The cross (for the first goal) was perfect. I can’t expect a better cross so I just had to put the ball in the net.
“Last time it was Peter Gain and the other time it was Damien McCrory so there is a lot of quality in the team and that is why I think we will score a lot of goals.”
Daggers travel to Bournemouth this weekend, who have made an impressive start in their League One campaign since winning promotion last term with eight points from five games.
“I thought they were a good side last year and they’ve spent some money to bring the boy (Marc) Pugh in, who is a good player, so no I’m not surprised at all.” said Still.
“They’re a well-supported club, who were probably disappointed to find themselves relegated the year before last and they will consider themselves as a League One club.
“We know it’s going to be tough, but we love these games and we look forward to it.”
Two players who are unlikely to feature at the Fitness First Stadium are Abu Ogogo and Will Antwi, who both picked up muscle injuries in the victory over Orient at the weekend.
The knocks will likely force Still to revert Vincelot to his original position of right-back or give a league debut to Luke Wilksinson, a teenage defender who signed on a free transfer from Portsmouth in the summer.