Woodall potential ‘excites’ Dagenham boss

John Still feels there are greater things to come from his inexperienced striker.

Daggers boss John Still has tipped striker Brian Woodall to become a star at Victoria Road.

Woodall arrived from non-league Gresley FC in the summer with a record of 51 goals in 88 games and Still recently admitted he planned to send the forward out on loan this season to aid his development.

But a spate of injuries, plus a lack of goals, has seen the former SC Herford and Hinckley Town forward make the transition to the first team far earlier than expected.

The 23-year-old led the line against Plymouth - his third league start in red and blue - and Still has been impressed with the quality shown in Woodall’s short time with the club.

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“I’m actually quite excited about Brian Woodall,” revealed Still.

“He was a year away for me when we brought him here. We wanted to use him now and again, but he’s coming on all the time.

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“I thought he had a good presence on Saturday and I thought he did very well.”

Woodall picked up a knock at the end of Saturday’s defeat to Plymouth, but with fellow forwards Josh Scott, Sam Williams and Rob Edmans all unavailable Still will be desperate to have the target-man fit for Saturday’s visit of Aldershot Town.

Troy Hewitt dropped to the bench against the Pilgrims having missed training through illness in the run up to the fixture, leaving Jon Nurse and Woodall as the only fit recognised strikers.

However, Daggers scored twice in the match for only the second time this season and Still is confident the goals will continue to come.

“I think we will score goals,” he said. “Will we score bundles? Not at the moment, but we will score.

“The squad of players is good enough, but that’s easy to say. You’ve got to be good enough.

“The mood in the squad is fantastic. Everyone gets disappointed, that’s football, but you’ve got to keep it on an even keel.

“That’s why I say, ‘never too high with success, never too low with failure’.”

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