Reds assistant boss David Flitcroft believes Barnsley fans have finally accepted workhorse striker Chris Dagnall.
Dagnall signed for the Reds in January but struggled for form and was loaned out to League Two side Bradford City.He has featured regularly in Keith Hill’s line-up this season but, despite two goals in the Capital One Cup at Rochdale and a series of brave and gutsy performances, he has yet to notch a league goal for Barnsley.
The 26-year-old received a standing ovation on Saturday against Ipswich Town after another hard-working display and Flitcroft believes Barnsley’s supporters are finally starting to understand the qualities that Dagnall brings to the team.
Flitcroft said: “It looks like Daggers is being accepted by the fans now.“We’ve accepted Daggers here from day one because we know that other players will score off the back of Daggers’ hard work. Craig Davies’ four goals at Birmingham came off the battering ram that is Chris Dagnall.
“He works hard every day in training on his finishing and he has done for the last two or three years.If one drops in the net then I’m not saying a hatful will follow but it’ll give him that confidence that he needs.
“The ovation will do him good because now he knows he’s been accepted by the Barnsley public. When you’re not accepted, like Daggers for the first six or seven months of his Barnsley career, then it’s hard. But it’s nice to hear the crowd have turned and are behind him.”
Dagnall, meanwhile, is staying calm as his goal search goes on. He said: “I am sure the goals will come. Last season was a complete write-off for me but I got my head down during the summer and got myself in the team. I am feeling good.
“I had three good chances against Birmingham and should have scored. Jack Butland made two really good saves but I should have scored a one-on-one before half-time. Luckily Craig Davies scored four. We have only played together six or seven times but it is working quite well.”