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20 January 2016

Club captain Stephen Dawson says the performances so far this season haven't been good enough, and in particular last weekend's defeat to Blackpool.

Following the loss at Bloomfield Road, manager Mark Robins and Ned Kelly departed the club, and Dawson stated things must improve - starting with the visit of Colchester United on Saturday.

"It’s been a tough week, with the manager and Ned Kelly departing on Monday. I think we all need to look at ourselves and say it’s not been good enough," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"The performances on the whole haven’t been good enough, especially the Blackpool one last weekend. You’re going to lose at times in this league because it’s strong, but the manner in which we lost it was unacceptable.

"We’ve been hurting because we’ve let the management team down, the directors and the fans."

The midfielder placed on record his thanks to the departing duo, but insisted the club must move on, and put things right on Saturday.

"I wish Mark and Ned all the best. They have been very good to me personally, and particularly when I was injured during the first few months of the season," he said.

"The club will take time to appoint a new manager so all we can do now is concentrate on putting it right. We have a big game on Saturday, everyone knows that."

He says everyone in the squad is determined to set things right, but admitted the U's will be no pushovers, and the Iron will have to be on their game to get the three points.

Dawson also believes the players owe the supporters a positive performance, and he stated no one will be aiming for anything other than a victory.

He stated: "It’s been a long week and we all can’t wait to get out there, and try to put things right. We owe everyone a performance and need to go and finish the season off as strongly as possible. There are 20 games left and we need to try and put a run together.

"The first step though is Saturday, especially at home in front of the fans. We need to perform and get the win for everybody connected to the club – and then hopefully kick on from there.

"Just because a team is struggling down the bottom, if you think you’re going to walk all over them you’re very much mistaken. It will be a tough game against a Colchester side who have picked up a bit, and I believe are in a false position themselves.

"However, we have to set our own tempo – kind of like Blackpool did to us. We need to win the individual battles all over the pitch and stamp out authority on the game from the start.

"Let’s be united and get those three points together on Saturday."

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