Clark just happy to fill in where needed for Daggers after second full debut
PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 December 2018
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Though a centre-back by trade, defender played at left-back for Daggers in draw against Halifax Town
Kenny Clark says he is happy to do a job where he is asked to by Dagenham & Redbridge boss Peter Taylor after filling it at left-back against Halifax Town.
Luke Pennell had been a regular in that position for Daggers in recent weeks, but missed out against the Shaymen with an injury that Taylor refused go into specifics about when conducting his post-match press conference.
Though a centre-back by trade, Clark was asked to fill in there in Pennell’s absence, despite Liam Gordon and Ollie Harfield, both of whom are capable of playing at left-back, being named on the bench.
The 30-year-old acknowledged playing at full-back is not his favourite position, but was more than happy to do what was asked of him by his manager.
And the defender feels that is a trait everyone in the squad needs as the Victoria Road outfit look to distance themselves from the relegation battle in the Vanarama National League.
“The gaffer asked me to do a job and I’m more than capable of sitting in there,” said Clark.
“You have to do as you’re told and help the boys out wherever they need it.
“The gaffer knows what he wants from the team and if that means someone has to play in a position they’re not used to, then we adapt and do our best.”
Against Halifax, Clark was making his first start since rejoining Daggers from divisional rivals Ebbsfleet United last month.
The defender’s previous outing for Taylor’s men saw him come on as a 67th-minute substitute for skipper Ben Nunn in the 3-1 win at home to Havant & Waterlooville.
With on-loan pairing Manny Onariase and Ben Goodliffe impressing at the heart of defence, Clark may have to wait a while for his first start at centre-back.
But for now, the 30-year-old was pleased to make his second full debut for the Essex club, a full 12 years on from his first.
“It was 10 days since I’d last played, so I’d been waiting for the opportunity,” he added.
“I’m buzzing to be about the club; we have a good group of lads, so hopefully we can kick on and be a part of something now.”
With the loan deals for both Onariase and Goodliffe due to expire in January, Clark could find himself in his more favoured position of centre-back sooner rather than later.