Liverani’s main man looking to derail Crewe again
16:00 10 April 2015
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Leyton Orient’s top goalscorer ready to pile more misery on Railwaymen this weekend
Chris Dagnall is hoping to keep up his impressive record against Crewe Alexandra this weekend, but won’t mind missing out on the scoresheet as long as Leyton Orient pick up all three points
Forwards are known for their greediness, but the 28-year-old will take another O’s win through a last minute own goal, rather than more glory for himself.
The Scouser has a mightily impressive record against the Railwaymen in Orient colours.
He netted twice on his debut for the club at Gresty Road last season and scored against Alex during the 4-1 win at Brisbane Road in November.
And O’s leading goalscorer this campaign feels another win will go a long way to ensuring they play League One football next year for a 10th successive season.
“This is a massive game,” said Dagnall. “If we get a positive result that will put a little bit of breathing space between us and Crewe and hopefully we can move up three or four positions up the table.
“I got off the mark against them on my debut and it was enjoyable, and I got another goal against at home so hopefully that little run continues.
“I have gone a few games without one now and I have had a few chances.
“It would be nice to get a goal on Saturday, but all that matters is us getting the three points. I am not bothered who scores, I’ll take a last minute own goal just as long as we get them points.”
Orient’s clash at Crewe also gives some of Dagnall’s family an opportunity to watch him in action.
But he is unsure whether the temptation of watching a League One relegation six-pointer is enough to stop them going to the Grand National in Aintree.
Nevertheless, O’s 12-goal man is keen to keep up their three match unbeaten run and insists confidence in the camp is extremely high going into tomorrow’s clash.
“It is results that breed confidence and I think we have played well in games and not got the results and confidence doesn’t come that way,” added Dagnall.
“Once we got two wins on the trot the lads were flying and we were fully expecting to get the three points on Monday against Gillingham.
“We found ourselves 3-1 down, but fought back brilliantly to get a point and we need to keep that going.
“It is only a 40-minute drive from Liverpool to Crewe so hopefully some of my family will trot along.
“But the Grand National is on the same day so it is a hard choice between the horse racing and the football for them. I don’t know - they might travel down the motorway for me!”
Dagnall had a difficult start to the season and went nine-matches without a goal before scoring in successive games in November.
He was sent-off against Bradford City on November 29, however, and therefore unavailable to boss Fabio Liverani for his first two fixtures in charge after his appointment on December 8.
But the former Rochdale forward returned to the team on Boxing Day and inspiring a 4-1 victory against Crawley.
And although the pair can’t have the most fluent conversation in English, Dagnall is thriving under the Italians stewardship.
“He does shout the odd Italian word at you, which I can’t understand – like he did in training the other day,” joked Dagnall.
“I suppose he doesn’t understand a word I am saying either! It is more sign language between us, but his English is getting better and hopefully it carries on improving.
“It has been brilliant since he came in and there is nothing better as a player than a manager playing you week in week out.
“I had a bit of a stop-start season before he came, in but I have enjoyed every minute since.”
Now Liverani, Dagnall and everyone associated with Leyton Orient will hope their encouraging form continues this weekend at Crewe.