Date: 27th January 2016 at 10:48am
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Joint caretaker gaffer Andy Dawson has spoken of his delight following the victory over Colchester at the weekend.

Taking charge of the team for the first game alongside Nick Daws following the sacking of Mark Robins and Ned Kelly, Dawson took control of media duties following the game, so having seen goals come from Tom Hopper and a Paddy Madden brace, he was obviously in a proud mood when he spoke to the Official Site.

‘We discussed what we wanted the players to do and gave them confidence to go out and show their ability. The first half wasn`t as neat and tidy as we`d have liked but we were still in the game at half time thanks to some solid play from the defence. In the second half, they came out and executed exactly what we tried to do all week and looked comfortable in the end. Sometimes you have to just stay in the game and after managing to do that, the first goal made a real difference. They relaxed, passed the ball, moved it, did what we asked of them and fully deserved what they got in the end.’

Dawson went on to say that for him the win can be credited on a very disciplined defensive performance and a hard working display from the players to ensure we got the clean sheet first and allowed ourselves the opportunity for the goals to follow.

‘Both of them (Townsend and Hopper) did really well as did the rest of the team so it`s unfair just to talk about those two. Conor has come in, he`s been raring to go and hasn`t let anybody down by putting a Man of the Match performance in. The squad have stuck together all week, listened to what we`ve had to say to them and, especially in the second half, done exactly what we knew they were capable of. You defend from the front and every one of them did that. Some of the goals came from that pressing and hard work in winning it back. It`s unfair to talk about the back four because you defend as a team and they did that today.’

With Madden getting the brace on the day, he also came in for specific praise from the interim gaffer.

‘We know that Paddy goes on these runs where he`s in and out of scoring but he`s a goal scorer and just always seems to be in the right place at the right time. We spoke about giving him a bit of freedom and not restricting him and at times we saw him on the left, on the right and then in the centre and eventually got our rewards. We`ll watch the game back on Monday and talk about things we can improve on, things we did well. We`ll keep demanding more and fighting to become better and the players will do that because they`re a group of good professionals.’

Obviously the goalscorers on the day were also interviewed following the game, so beginning with Hopper he was obviously delighted to play his part as he got 70 minutes under his belt following injury, and he felt the side got their rewards for their efforts on the day.

‘It was really good to be back. I thought we were a bit sloppy in the first half in some things that we were doing. We had a few words with each other at half time and I thought we reacted very well in the second half and we got out just rewards. We put our bodies on the line in the first half and in the second too, blocking their chances, but I thought we fully deserved the three points at the end of the day.’

As for his return more specifically, he went on to say.

‘I was delighted to get 70 minutes and I felt good actually. I worked really hard with the medical team and they`ve been great. We got our reward today. I haven`t scored enough early on in the season, so I`d like to now use that as a stepping stone and kick on, and hopefully get a few more. We`ve worked all week on things going forward. We wanted to be positive today and it didn`t quite work out in the first half like I said. But in the second half our game plan exactly how we wanted it to. We were in their faces, had runners off the ball moving forward, and we got three goals from that.’

And as for Madden, he was pleased to get back to goalscoring form as well as winning ways.

‘It’s massive because we haven’t been on the best of runs lately. But we went out in the second half much better and when the lads are confident, that’s what we can produce.’

There was one disappointment for the Irishman, being flagged for offside in stoppage time and being denied a hattrick, but he admitted it was a tight call even on replays.

‘Looking back, it’s a tight one. I think I’m onside, the centre half Eastman plays me on. But it’s a tough call for the assistant referee, so I won’t complain. I haven’t had my scoring boots on lately, so I’m just happy to get back scoring and it’s a relief for me. So hopefully I can go on another run now.’

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