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Southend United's Gavin Tomlin out to prove a point against Dagenham & Redbridge
SOUTHEND United’s Gavin Tomlin is determined to show Dagenham & Redbridge his true striking talent when they visit Roots Hall tomorrow.
Tomlin scored just twice in 42 games during a disappointing spell with the Daggers prior to joining Blues in the summer.
So the 29-year-old is eager to impress against his former team this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to the game and hopefully getting a goal,” said Tomlin.
“My time at Dagenham was a bit up and down, but I don’t think the way I play was conducive to the way they played.
“That can happen in football and sometimes it just doesn’t work out for you.
“I know Dagenham are a good team with some very good players, but hopefully we can come out on top and I can get on the score-sheet again.”
Tomlin opened his Southend account on Tuesday night when he fired home a penalty in the 2-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy triumph over AFC Wimbledon.
And he was thrilled to see the ball hit the back of the net. “I was happy rather than relieved to score,” said Tomlin. “It was my fifth game and I’d come close on a number of occasions.
“I’d hit the post and had a header cleared off the line so I was just pleased to finally score.
“I knew my first goal was coming and it was just a matter of time and thankfully we got a penalty and I was able to convert it.”
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