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29 December 2016

Giving his assessment of United’s goalless draw with Bradford City, skipper Stephen Dawson feels on reflection, a point was probably a fair outcome.

Dawson highlighted the opportunities which fell to both sides at the Northern Commercials Stadium, in a game he says could have easily gone either way.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD after the game, Dawson said: “It was an entertaining game.

“Overall, I think they’ll probably feel a little annoyed that they didn’t win it, likewise with us, because I felt we had the more clear-cut chances.

“I thought in the second half we grew into the game a lot and had one or two chances, and on another day we would have won it.

“It’s a valuable point. I remember last year we came here and lost 1-0, which possibly cost us - so every point is crucial in this league.”

The visitors’ resolute defensive showing was, from the midfielder’s point of view, a hugely satisfactory plus point to take out of the match.

“I thought as a ‘keeper, a back four and as a team we dealt with it (the pressure) well,” he explained.

“They (Bradford) put you under an awful lot of pressure, they win second balls, they play it up to James Hanson, and they’re physical.

“I thought Charlie (Goode) was magnificent, along with the back four, the ‘keeper and Neal Bishop to name a few.”

The big clashes keep on coming for Dawson and his Scunthorpe teammates, with a New Years Eve trip to Bolton Wanderers next on the agenda.

The captain says the Iron will travel to the Macron Stadium with no fear however and, as ever, they’ll be searching for maximum points.

“We’ll take the point and move forward to Bolton. It’s going to be a great game to be involved in, and hopefully we can get a win,” he stated.

“They’ll be physical and well organised, like a typical Phil Parkinson team. There’s also quality within that as well.

“They’re up there for a reason. However, we’ll take it in our stride, we’ll go there full of confidence, and hopefully come out of it with the points.”

As well as on the field positives, there were plenty of them off it also, as the Irishman lauded the 1,591 United supporters who made the Boxing Day trip to Yorkshire.

He added that their continued commitment doesn’t by any means go un-noticed, and concluded that it’s now up to the players to reward them with three points on Saturday.

“It’s not just today, and I can’t honestly thank them (the fans) enough,” the United captain declared.

“1,500 sounded like 2,500. They’re right behind us, they’re digging deep for us, and hopefully they’re there for the Bolton game.

“They’ve spent a lot of money to come here, we’re under no illusions about that. We know how much Christmas costs, and from everyone at the club, we can't thank them enough.”

See much more from Stephen Dawson, Graham Alexander and Murray Wallace on The Iron PlayerHD.

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