Dagnall relishing ‘fiercest’ striker challenge at Leyton Orient
17:32 28 November 2014
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O’s forward keen to enjoy good run in the side.
Leyton Orient striker Chris Dagnall believes this is the fiercest competition for places he has ever known, but insists he’s up for the challenge, writes Colin Munford.
The 28-year-old played a leading role in the O’s 4-1 home win over Crewe Alexandra on Saturday – scoring one and setting up the other three.
That followed hot on the heels of his strike in the 3-2 loss at Gillingham the previous weekend and the former Barnsley forward knows he has to remain in good form, otherwise they are plenty of other strikers at the club ready to take his place.
“This is the fiercest competition I have had with strikers,” said Dagnall.
“We have got six or seven and I never been at a club with so many strikers fighting for just two starting places.
“Sometimes people say it raises their game with the other strikers around so we have got to keep proving ourselves.
“The competition is really fierce at this club and I have got to keep on top of my game and the minimum I can do is work my socks off.
“I have got to keep scoring goals and if I keep doing that then I have got my argument to stay in the side.”
Dagnall netted the O’s second in the win over Crewe with a fine volley from just outside the box following Josh Wright’s crossfield ball.
And the striker was pleased extra work on the training ground paid off on that occasion
“I had been doing that a lot in training on Friday,” he added.
“We must have spent a good 45 minutes crossing and volleying and that was a carbon copy of what we did at training.
“It was actually nice to see what we were doing on the training ground pay off.”
Dagnall seems to save his best for playing against the Railwaymen, after coming off the bench on his O’s debut to net twice in their 2-1 win back in January.
“They’re one of those teams and thankfully I seem to do well against them each time I’ve played them,” remarked Dagnall.
“I don’t know when we play them again but hopefully we can keep up the good form next week.”
O’s have been plagued by injuries all season, and slowly but surely they are all beginning to come back, much to Dagnall’s delight.
“I know we have got a lot of forwards but there has been quite a few injuries and we have been unfortunate in that respect,” he said.
“It’s been chopped and changed around and maybe that has hampered us slightly.
“But hopefully we can get a settled team now, push on and get a few more wins.”