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Assombalonga keen to stay

8 September 2012

Goalscorer Britt Assombalonga admitted he would be happy to stay at Roots Hall when his loan spell runs out in seven days time.

The 19-year-old Watford loanee has been an instant hit at Southend United, scoring four goals in six appearances.

And now he hopes he can continue his football education under boss Paul Sturrock by extending his loan.

“I don’t mind staying,” he told the official website after his two goals against Dagenham and Redbridge helped the Blues to a 3-1 win.

“I am a Southend player at the moment and I’ll speak to the gaffer about what happens next.

“I want to play football, score goals and get 90 minutes under my belt each week so this is a good place to do that.”

Assombalonga’s brace helped Southend record their third straight win at Roots Hall in a good seven days of football for Sturrock.

After powering a header past Dagenham keeper Chris Lewington for his first, Assombalonga then added a second in the 37th minute.

But he admitted he was disappointed not to score his first hattrick of his career after squandering several opportunities.

“I could have scored four of five goals today as the chances kept on coming but I didn’t take them,” he said.

“I was desperate for a hattrick and at times I was probably a bit greedy but as a striker you want to score goals.

“The header was a bit of a rocket. I haven’t scored a goal like that in a long time and then for the second I gambled in the box and it paid off.

“I’ve never scored a hattrick as I keep getting braces. I was hoping today would be the day I got my first one but it wasn’t to be.”

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