Date: 11th January 2016 at 4:13pm
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Skipper Stephen Dawson has praised the performance of his colleagues in the weekend’s game against Chelsea.

Making the trip to Stamford Bridge for the FA Cup third round tie against Guus Hiddinks reigning Premier League Champions – despite their form in the opening half of the season – Dawson told the Official Site in his post game press interviews that he felt the players could be proud of themselves for their showing, despite coming out with a two nil defeat.

‘I thought we gave a really good account of ourselves, and there were some really good performances. 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.’

Having praised the attacking performance on the day, Dawson also went on to talk about a strong defensive showing given the few chances Chelsea really had across the 90 minutes.

‘I think we showed character all throughout the game. I think we dug deep and we helped each other out. 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.’

With 3,000 supporters making the trip, Dawson was also quick to praise their efforts on the day, insisting that the players appreciated that level of support on what was a difficult test for us.

‘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.’

The aim now will be to build on the positives from the game, and take that into seeing improvement in the League One form and table placing in the second half of the year.

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