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11 March 2014

Andy Dawson believes Scunthorpe should have taken the full three points against Northampton at Glanford Park on Saturday.

This follows a 1-1 draw with the Cobblers, despite the visitors being down to ten men for a lot of the second half.

Canavan put Scunthorpe ahead early in the second period, heading an Andy Dawson corner past Matt Duke. This was before Ricky Ravenhill was sent off for Northampton after a second yellow card.

Northampton levelled on 65 minutes, when Zander Diamond powered his header past Sam Slocombe.

The Iron did have chances to win the game but couldn’t find a way past Duke.

“We are obviously a little disappointed at the end of the game.” Dawson told The Iron Player.

“We were 1-0 up. They were down to ten men. I think we should really go and win that game. We didn’t manage a period where they had a couple of free-kicks. I gave the free-kick away from which they scored.

“For teams with ten men, that’s the only real way they are probably going to score. We gave them two or three opportunities and unfortunately they got one.

“After that, we didn’t really look like we were going to score as much as we should have.

“We have got to pick ourselves up. We can’t be doom and gloom. We have got to be positive as we have got a massive game on Tuesday and it’s another game gone. Another point gained towards where we want to be at 46 games which is where it matters.”

The draw see Scunthorpe equal their club record of 19 games unbeaten and Dawson says it is a good achievement, but thinks the aim of promotion is more important to the players.

He said: “I think it is a good achievement. As players, it’s not the record, it’s about going out and getting your aim which is promotion.”

“Every time we go out, we are trying to get three points. The longer it (the unbeaten run) goes on, the more chance we have of where we want to be at the end of the season.”

The game saw Dawson make his 500th career league start and make his first league appearance since November. The defender was delighted be back out on the Glanford Park pitch.

He added: “It is great to be back out there. I loved every minute of it. I have always said when you play, enjoy it as though it is your last. Every training session, every game.

“I enjoyed it, everything I did. Obviously it is disappointing with the goal and with the result, but football is about highs and lows, you have got to keep going and pick ourselves up for Tuesday.

“I’m sure at the start of the season, if anyone said, where we are now, coming into middle of March, we would have snapped your hand off.”

Scunthorpe face Southend United at Glanford Park on Tuesday night and Dawson believes it’s about what the Iron do and they have enough to beat Southend.

“Southend are a good team. They are around the play-offs," he said.

"I know Phil Brown from my time at Hull. His team are very energetic, they will press you high, and they will keep it when they have got it. But like any team in this league, on the day they are very strong and physical.

“I think it’s where we are in the league, we are a very good team. It’s about what we do and that’s what it is all about. That’s what the manager has said it is all about and if we can go and perform anyway near our ability, we should have enough.”

See much more from Andy Dawson, Russ Wilcox, Sam Winnall and Etienne Esajas on The Iron Player.

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