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11 March 2016

United captain Stephen Dawson believes Tuesday's derby victory over Doncaster Rovers meant a lot to everyone connected to the club.

However, he's stated the need to kick on against Shrewsbury Town.

The 2-0 success brought us within five points of the League One play-off places, but for Dawson the main focus is the visit to Greenhous Meadow.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: "I think it meant a lot to the fans, it did mean a lot to the players, but it's three points and I know they're bragging rights but our main aim is taking each game as it comes.

"We took the positives out of the game on Saturday. Man for man all over the pitch on Tuesday night, I don't think there's been a better team performance in a good while.

"We knew we had to win and we knew the pressure was on, but it's a good pressure and that's a credit to the fans, the manager who has come in and the players themselves.

"It's five wins, three draws and one defeat since they've taken over (Nick Daws and Andy Dawson). So we're picking up two points a game, which is the form we should have been in."

Despite Shrewsbury's struggles so far this season, the midfielder isn't underestimating the challenge which Micky Mellon's side will pose on Saturday and has warned against complacency.

Dawson played under Mellon during his time at Barnsley and he knows just what to expect from his former manager's players.

"We can't take our foot off the gas. I know Micky Mellon well and his teams are strong, physical, well drilled and are on a bit of a run themselves," he said.

"So if we think we're just going to turn up there and have a comfortable win, then we're in for a rude awakening, because Saturday is going to be really tough.

"We've got to give them all the credit they deserve because they've beaten Coventry, they've beaten Rochdale, so we know we're in for a fight.

"They're fighting for their lives and every point counts, just like it does for us. We know we can't really afford too many slip ups, but there's no point worrying what other teams are doing."

United face Chesterfield next Saturday before a Good Friday clash with Barnsley and then a home encounter against Swindon Town on Easter Monday.

However for Dawson, it's a busy Easter period which the 30-year-old stated he can't wait to get into.

"It's always tough this time of year. We've got Chesterfield the following Saturday and then we've got the Friday/Monday, which is always tough," he stated.

"We're at that stage of the season now where the games can't come quick enough. Obviously we were disappointed a few weeks ago, with the Doncaster game being called off, but to get the win and close the gap is what we wanted to do."

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