Dag­nall out­shines hot-shot Akinde

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

WITH nei­ther of these sides hav­ing any­thing to play for on the fi­nal day of the League Two sea­son, all eyes were on Bar­net’s John Akinde who was the league’s joint top scorer be­fore kick-off.

But it was Crewe’s own num­ber nine who stole the show, Chris Dag­nall bag­ging a hat-trick to en­sure the Rail­way­men fin­ished the sea­son on a high.

The goals were Dag­nall’s 16th, 17th and 18th in the league this sea­son which rounded off a fruit­ful in­di­vid­ual cam­paign for the ex­pe­ri­enced for­ward, and as Akinde fired a blank, he fin­ished joint with Don­caster’s John Mar­quis on 26 league goals.

Dag­nall opened the scor­ing for the Rail­way­men af­ter just eight min­utes and then added his sec­ond mid­way through the first half to hand his side a com­fort­able lead go­ing into the break.

Bar­net’s Curtis We­ston scored the pick of the af­ter­noon’s goals with a rasp­ing drive from all of 25 yards out, but Dag­nall and the hosts had the last laugh as he com­pleted his hat-trick be­fore Ge­orge Cooper rounded off the scor­ing.

“We were ter­rific,” said Crewe man­ager David Artell. “The last two games – Ply­mouth last week and yes­ter­day – have been dead rub­bers or that’s what they say, but they’re not dead rub­bers though. Peo­ple don’t say 40 of Chris Dag­nall’s 250 league goals don’t mean any­thing be­cause they came in the last five games of sea­sons when there is noth­ing rid­ing on them.

“These sorts of games are still im­por­tant – ask Dag­nall in there whilst he is get­ting the match ball signed.

“To a man we were ter­rific and I couldn’t fault one of them, even the subs that came on made a dif­fer­ence.” Bar­net fans still don’t know who their man­ager will be at the start of next sea­son but Rossi Eames gave his thoughts on the sit­u­a­tion.

He said: “You’ll have to ask the boss won’t you, you’re ask­ing the wrong man here, but keep your eyes peeled and your ears firmly to the ground

“It’s a fan­tas­tic club I don’t think they’d be any­one who wouldn’t want it.

“When you start slow and go one and two nil down quickly you’ve got such a long way to go to try and claw back the game. We weren’t at the races, we weren’t do­ing the things we’ve done well in re­cent weeks.

“It’s been a roller­coaster, a bit rock’n’roll I guess. But there’s been good progress on and off the field, and again we blooded more young­sters.”

STAR MAN CHRIS DAG­NALL Crewe

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