Dagnall outshines hot-shot Akinde
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