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'It was the perfect day' - Dagnall

2 December 2013

Coventry City striker Chris Dagnall has also praised the young players in the squad after his debut for the club...

Coventry City's on-loan striker Chris Dagnall labelled his debut at MK Dons 'the perfect day' after scoring at stadium:MK.

The 27-year old joined the club on a one-month loan deal last Thursday from Championship side Barnsley and went straight into the starting XI against MK Dons on Saturday.

Having struggled to nail down a starting spot at Oakwell, Dagnall was delighted to get a full 90 minutes under his belt and cap it off with a goal.

Dagnall said: "It was the perfect day all round really. The fans were incredible and we definitely scored our goals at the right end.

"I don't think I have ever seen so many fans for an away game. I was delighted to score as well. They all count and I'm claiming it was going in the top corner anyways.

"We came out really strong in the second-half after a scrappy first half and I think we deserved the win in the end. I was delighted to get 90 minutes as well because that's what I'm here to do.

"We worked a lot on the game plan before we came here and we knew they liked to pass it around so it was great to see the hard work pay off."

Dagnall's arrival will boost the squad over the busy Christmas period as City are set to face Swindon Town, Peterborough United and Rotherham United over Christmas and New Year's day. 

Having seen the ability in the City squad since his arrival, Dagnall says the results against the Dons proves City's promotion credentials and has praised the 'mental attitude' of the young players.

He added: "The manager said when he signed me that he needs a couple of players to come in and support the squad as it is a tight group. When you're in League One, fatigue is always going to be a factor.

"That is to be expected because most of the squad have played pretty much every game. The side obviously had two blows in recent results but to see the team come back says a lot about where this team can go.

"It is a young squad and I have been really impressed by the mental attitude they have shown. It surprised me a little bit.

"Sometimes you can get young players who aren't switched on and a bit big-time, but the way they go about it has been top draw."

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