Dagnall needs goals to stay in Leyton Orient team

Chris Dagnall was a constant threat for Orient against Stevenage. Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

Chris Dagnall was a constant threat for Orient against Stevenage. Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO - Credit: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

Orient striker Chris Dagnall scored his first home goal for the club against Stevenage on Tuesday – and admits he needs to keep scoring to stay in the team.

Moses Odubajo celebrates his goal against Stevenage. Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

Moses Odubajo celebrates his goal against Stevenage. Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO - Credit: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO

The former Barnsley striker started up front with David Mooney, with veteran Kevin Lisbie dropping to the bench.

With Shaun Batt returning ahead of schedule after a hamstring tear and Robbie Simpson and Yohann Lasimant waiting in the wings, it’s an area of the pitch where Orient are well-stocked.

Dagnall said: “The strikers have scored a lot of goals this season.

“The competition for places is red hot right now, Batt’s come back into the team and it’s great for the club.


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“The only way to stay in the team is if I keep scoring goals. If I’m not, I can’t expect to stay in there too long.”

Dagnall could have scored more than the one he ended up with as winger Dean Cox supplied the service “all forwards want.”

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But the 27-year-old thought it was crucial to end a run of four games without a win ahead of two more Brisbane Road encounters against Swindon Town and Colchester United.

“With Wolves and Brentford playing each other, it’s a massive chance for us to claim some points back on them with two home games to come,” Dagnall said.

“The last three or four results are a shame but we’ve got back to winning ways, hopefully now we can kick on.”

After netting his third goal for the O’s, Dagnall insists he has not set himself a number to reach by the end of the season.

The striker said: “My target is the same as everyone else’s - to get promotion no matter how many I score.

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