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DAWSON: "LOOKING FORWARD TO GILLS TEST"

19 August 2016

United Captain Stephen Dawson was delighted to come through Tuesday night’s game with all three points, but admits his side should have been out of sight by half time.

First half goals from Tom Hopper and Josh Morris secured the three points, despite Darius Charles pulling a goal back for AFC Wimbledon on the 60-minute mark.

The win means the Iron have won two and drawn one of their three league games thus far, which leads them nicely into Saturday’s fixture with Gillingham.

“It was a game of two halves,” Dawson told The Iron PlayerHD.

“In the first half I thought we totally dominated the opposition, and the only criticism is we should have been more than two goals ahead.

“All credit to them, in the second half I thought they came at us. They stuck the big man up top and caused us all sorts of problems, so we had to dig deep and put in a great team performance and a great battling one too. It was a great three points.”

Dawson gave plenty of credit to newly-promoted AFC Wimbledon and can see many teams struggling to get points when they face the Wombles at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

“I don’t think many teams will go down there and get an easy game. You know what’s coming, but it’s very hard to stop it," he stated.

“They’re very direct, very in your face and as soon as they got that first goal it gave everyone there a lift. It’s done and dusted now, but now we are looking forward to Saturday where we play a really tough team.”

The skipper had plenty of praise for the Iron faithful this week after two lengthy away trips to Fleetwood and Wimbledon, respectively, in the space of three days.

“They (the fans) have been brilliant. I think they really see what we’re trying to do now. We want to play good attacking football, and we want to beat teams from the offset – there’s no negativity around.

“Every single player and member of staff went over to appreciate them because it’s a long way, a lot of miles, and a lot of money to be spending.

“On behalf of myself and all of the players, we can’t thank you enough because it has been great support since the start of the season, and not just the two away games.”

Dawson believes the fans are now starting to see just what the team can do when they play to their full potential, and hopes the players can put on a performance in front of the home faithful this Saturday.

“I think I now am starting to show what I’m all about," he said.

"I feel really fit, and I feel like I’m driving the team forward. It is the best I’ve felt in a good 18 months, and I just can’t wait for the next game now each week.

“With the team we’ve got you have to be playing well, because you aren’t then there’s a big chance you’ll be dropped.”

Gillingham, the Iron's latest opponents, are also a team who have had a good start to the League One season, sitting one place below the Iron having scored one goal less.

Dawson and the rest of the team know the threat they pose going into the game, but claims the players will be ready to nullify that come 3pm.

“They’re a very tough team to play, and one I feel were very unlucky last year not to stay in the play-offs, let alone even have a crack at going up," he continued.

“I think they will have learned from that, and they’ve brought in some good players, so we’re looking forward to the test come Saturday.

“We’re at home and we’ve got plenty of confidence when we play here. The fans will get behind us like they did the other night, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

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