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11 January 2016

Iron captain Stephen Dawson praised the performance of his United team-mates as they put in a valiant display against Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Iron were beaten 2-0 by Guus Hiddink's side, but Dawson feels the display was a positive one.

"I thought we gave a really good account of ourselves, and there were some really good performances," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"Once (Diego) Costa scored, I thought we were the better team and towards the end of the first half, we really took the game to them.

"All credit to them, they didn't take us lightly. The team they put out we were looking at and saying "this is a top team".

"They deserved the win, but saying that; was it a penalty? You need a bit of luck in the big games and I don't think we got it today."

As well as paying tribute to the attacking performance, the Irishman was also pleased with how United defended as a unit and how they restricted the Blues to few openings.

"I think we showed character all throughout the game. I think we dug deep and we helped each other out," he continued.

"And I thought we were solid, bar one or two chances, they weren't really creating a lot. And I'm proud of all the team."

3,000 Iron supporters made the trip to London, something which Dawson highlighted was greatly appreciated by everyone in the visiting dressing room.

"The real test for us comes next Saturday at Blackpool, but I have to thank the fans.

"They were absolutely amazing - all game they were singing and chanting. It didn't go unnoticed with the players, it meant a lot, and we really did appreciate the support we got today."

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