Date: 20th September 2013 at 10:34pm
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Dagenham and Redbridge goalkeeper Chris Lewington has hailed the impact of 50 year old coach Jim Stannard following recent improvements to his game.

Stannard joined us after moving on from Premiership side Southampton when they parted company with then manager Nigel Adkins, and he joined us over the summer.

It was a marked change for the club as it had been a while since we had a recognised, specialised goalkeeping coach, despite help from former Dagger Dave Hogan, and Lewington has talked to the press about the impact that Stannard’s methods have had on his individual game so far this season.

Speaking to London24, it’s pretty clear that our No 1 couldn’t have been more full of praise for Stannard.

‘I feel I’ve had a good start to the season. Having Jim Stannard as a goalkeeping coach now has brought me onto another level. He’s experience in the Premier League and if I keep working hard hopefully I can stay in between the sticks, but Jordan Seabright is pushing me every day and he’s doing really well.’

It’s obviously benefiting both of our keepers, and although Lewington doesn’t have a bad word to say about his good friend Dave Hogan who came in to help us, Stannards experience speaks for itself so he can naturally just offer more because of that.

Especially as his own career between the sticks amounted to 800 odd appearances for the clubs he played for, including back in a spell with Gillingham where he set a record for the lowest number of goals conceded in a 46 game season, when he let in only 20 back in 1995-96 (according to a quick search!).

Obviously Lewington’s latest achievement was in saving the penalty from Matt Harrold in the game against Bristol Rovers which ultimately helped us to a 2-0 victory, and our fifth game unbeaten in all competitions on home turf this season so far.

Hopefully it’s the latest of many as he continues working with Jim.