Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie delights in top display from Oliver Hawkins after Wrexham win
PUBLISHED: 14:45 27 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:45 27 August 2016
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Daggers coach pleased with forward’s all-round display against Robins
Dagenham & Redbridge assistant manager Darren Currie was full of praise for hat-trick hero Oliver Hawkins after a 3-0 win at home to Wrexham in the National League.
Hawkins struck three times in the opening 45 minutes to give Daggers control of the tie against the Robins.
And in truth, the ex-Hemel Hempstead Town attacker could have added a fourth after the break, but for some excellent save from away keeper Shwan Jalal.
But Currie was more than pleased the attacker scored three, taking his tally to four for the season.
“It was brilliant from Oliver, if you get a hat-trick, you deserve all the plaudits you are going to get,” said the ex-Brighton & Hove Albion winger.
“He’s been very good for us, right the way from day one in pre-season when he came back.
“He’s been in good condition, he’s looking fitter and stronger and he’s adding goals to his game.
“He’s a handful and his three goals will get the plaudits, but his all-round play against Wrexham was good as well.”
Daggers were without Curtley Williams for the match with the right-back having picked up a knock in training.
Also absent from a matchday squad for the first time was Chris Assombalonga, but Currie revealed that was nothing more than rotation.
“Chris is adjusting to full-time football. He’s worked very hard, he’s got his goals and contributed to the games he’s been involved in,” he added.
“Today probably felt like he needed a little rest, sometimes when you’re new too full-time football, it’s not a bad idea to pull them out and let them look from afar and go again. “We’ve got two games in three days, so you have to manage your squad.”