Dag­nall is in league with stars like Owen

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam All­sop

IT WOULD be fair to say Crewe striker Chris Dag­nall owed some of the ground staff at The Alexandra Sta­dium a drink or two af­ter this vic­tory.

His dou­ble se­cured an im­pres­sive win for Crewe over play-off chas­ing Colch­ester but the game al­most didn’t go ahead due to ad­verse weather con­di­tions lead­ing up to the match.

Kick-off was de­layed to 3:15pm with ground staff and stew­ards work­ing tire­lessly right up un­til kick-off to get the pitch into the best pos­si­ble con­di­tion.

And all their hard work was re­warded when Dag­nall opened the scor­ing mid­way through the first half, when he glanced home Ge­orge Cooper’s in­swing­ing free-kick to clinch his 11th goal of the sea­son.

An anx­ious home crowd had to wait un­til five min­utes be­fore time for Dag­nall to dou­ble the home side’s lead when he con­verted Cal­lum Cooke’s low cross from close range. He al­most com­pleted his hat-trick in stop­page time but was bril­liantly de­nied by U’s keeper Sam Walker.

Crewe man­ager David Artell had noth­ing but praise for top scorer Dag­nall,say­ing: “He’s a goalscorer, I played against him and didn’t like playing against him, he is a Sky Bet League Two Michael Owen! Owen never scored from 30yards out, he al­ways scored from zero to eight yards out and Dag­nall scored two more from that dis­tance, allin-all it was a very pleas­ing per­for­mance.

“I try to get him in those ar­eas as often as I can be­cause he will score goals, he is a good fin­isher.

“We’re out to win ev­ery game now, there is 24 points to play for, we can get 69 points and that’s the chal­lenge.”

Colch­ester man­ager John McGreal also gave his thoughts on the game, in­clud­ing a lit­tle in­sight into what hap­pened be­fore the match with the game in doubt.

He said: “The game was called off at 2pm, the next minute the ref­eree had left it un­til 2:30pm and we were all run­ning around see­ing what was go­ing on, we just wanted him to make a de­ci­sion.

“At 2:30 I was on my way out and then the ref­eree said ‘Yeah, the game is on’.

“We are pro­fes­sional peo­ple so we pre­pared as if the game was go­ing to be on any­way.

“The first half wasn’t good, we looked a lit­tle slow to get out the blocks. But then we were very good in the sec­ond half, if Rekeil Pyke’s goal goes in early in the sec­ond half it would have had a good bear­ing on the result but that’s life.”

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