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Dawson: We all know the importance and what we have to do

3 May 2019


Dawson: We all know the importance and what we have to do

3 May 2019

Caretaker manager Andy Dawson has been previewing the away clash at Plymouth Argyle with iFollow Iron.

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United go into the game knowing they need a victory, as well as Southend and Walsall not to win, if they are to have a chance of staying in League One next season.

He said: “We all know the importance of the game and what we have to do.

“We know we have to go out there and get three points, and that’s all we can do.

“If results go for us, then brilliant, but our focus this week has been about going out there, not making the mistakes we’ve made in the last two games, and how we’re going to perform going forward.

“We must keep creating those opportunities, and be clinical in the final third.”

The game is now ALL-TICKET, with an Iron following of over 400 making the 640-mile round trip to see United face a side sitting 21st in the division and also under threat of going down.

Dawson said: “We’ll have lots of pressure situations on Saturday especially, in front of 15-16,000 and need to be able to deal with it.

“On the positive side, we look like we can create chances. We’re making good opportunities and getting crosses into the box. The challenge is can we get more bodies in there to finish them.

“Plymouth will be feeling the same way (we’ve been feeling) on Saturday. They’ve just changed their manager so we don’t know their mindset or how they’re going to approach the game, but it’s about us performing well for longer in games. We can’t give ourselves an uphill task by conceding cheap goals.”

Dawson continued: “The key is to deal with pressure and react to it better. If something goes against you, deal with it, and don’t let it distract from your focus.”

In terms of injuries, Funso Ojo will be assessed ahead of the match after coming off concussed last week, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is fine after taking a knock last weekend.

“Funso has been out on the grass and followed protocol over the last few days in terms of working with the medical team,” said Dawson.

“He’s been improving day-by-day, so we’ll see how he is on Friday. Everybody else is fine. CBJ’s been out after taking a knock the other day but he’s now back and ready to go.

“Tony McMahon is still not ready, with his hamstring not quite right so it’s come too quickly for him.”

Dawson had a final word for the Iron following making the long trip down, adding: “They have a massively important part to play. Both teams will have periods of the game when they’re on top, and we’ll need you to get behind us, keep demanding from the lads and helping them out.

“It’s a long way and it’s brilliant they’re travelling down and we thank them. Let’s come away with a positive result and outcome. We know the importance of it and must stick together.”

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