Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hignett Answers Critics with a Double

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hignett Answers Critics with a Double

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Craig Hignett silenced his doubters with two goals as Quakers climbed to fifth in League Two with a home win over Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Some Darlington fans were questioning Hignett's ability to survive in this division but he set up one and scored two.

Manager David Hodgson said: "What you expect from Craig is great technique, touch, vision and less of the work ethics.

"In the first half he spent more time trying to get the ball back and we weren't getting the best out of him.

"When opposing teams have nine or 10 players back behind the ball you need players like him who can unlock defences. I don't think he is near the fitness he requires to be playing week in and week out, but he produced the goods."

For Quakers, it was sweet revenge after they lost 4-0 at Gay Meadow at Christmas.

Hodgson said: "Our last defeat in 2004 was against Shrewsbury, and I was worried they were going to be the first team to beat us in 2005."

Shrewsbury started with one man up front, but Quakers almost broke through with efforts by Adrian Webster and Alun Armstrong. …

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