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Billy Daniels enjoys dream Notts County debut

18 January 2015

Billy Daniels admitted he should not have even been on the pitch after he snatched a late debut goal to lead Notts County to a 2-1 victory over Crewe.

Liam Noble gave County the lead on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot, only for Jamie Ness to drive home a leveller moments after the restart.

However Daniels, who only joined from Coventry on Thursday, climbed off the bench to steal all three points with a terrific volley.

The striker then revealed he was originally meant to miss the game altogether.

"I had not been on the pitch long, but Blair [Adams] put in a great cross for me and I just managed to get a clean connection," Daniels said.

"It's gone into the top corner I couldn't have dreamed for a better debut goal if I am honest.

"I don't think I've ever hit a ball as clean as that in my career. I knew as soon as it left my foot that it was destined to go in.

"The lads have said I've shanked it, but in all seriousness I'm just delighted to have broken my duck so early.

"I wasn't actually supposed to be playing or even on the bench, but I had a meeting with the gaffer on Friday and he told me what the script was.

"He just said to me when I went on that to try to make things happen which I did.

"You want to make an instant impact when you are at a new club and hopefully I've done that."

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