Dagenham & Redbridge: Fejiri Okenabirhie happy to end National League season strongly for Daggers
PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 May 2018
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Former Arsenal youngster netted 10 goals in last 19 league games after netting just two in first 19
Fejiri Okenabirhie expressed his delight at how well he finished the National League season for Dagenham & Redbridge.
After netting just two goals in his first 19 league games of the season, the 22-year-old ended the term with 10 goals in his last 19 appearances for Daggers.
It was a fine run of form that saw Okenabirhie finish a gallant second to Michael Cheek (13) in the race to be the Essex club’s top league scorer this term.
But the former Harrow Borough man says he cannot put his finger on why he was far more prolific in the second half of the campaign compared to the first.
Speaking ahead of the 2-0 loss at Macclesfield Town on Saturday, Okenabirhie said: “I can’t put it down to one thing really.
“The second half of the season went really well. For the team as well, results picked up and that always helps.
“I was happy to named young player of the year and come third in the overall player of the year vote, so I’m pleased with how the season has gone.”
The second half of the campaign has seen Okenabirhie became something of a talismanic figure for Daggers.
Earlier in the season, it was a role filled by Corey Whitely, who netted six goals in his first seven games, and later Morgan Ferrier.
Both players departed Victoria Road after former director Glyn Hopkin ceased funding the club, leaving Daggers with a hole to fill.
Okenabirhie, who enjoyed a good relationship both on and off the pitch with Whitely and Ferrier, ably filled the gaps left by the departed duo.
The former Arsenal trainee also had to quickly strike up bonds on the pitch with the likes of Daniel Sparkes and Chike Kandi, but Okenabirhie insists that was simple enough.
“All the lads had been training together all season, so we all knew how each other played in the system,” he added.
“When we were out there, we just had to work on the relationships as best we could and we all pulled together as a team.
“Different players came in and played, but we all gelled together well, which was a big part in us doing well in the last few weeks of the season.”