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DOWNER FOR DAWS

Posted on 4 April 2006  - 12:00

Michael Dawson is distraught over the fact he will miss our next two outings following his dismissal against Newcastle last Saturday.

Michael Dawson is distraught over the fact he will miss our next two outings following his dismissal against Newcastle last Saturday.

The fearless central defender was shown red on the hour at St James Park for two bookable offences and will be absent when we take on Manchester City and Everton.

"That is it," he reflected on the cost of his double booking. "Saturday has gone now, it hurts everyone to lose a game and unfortunately for me I won't be part of putting it right in the next game. The rest of the boys will hopefully do that.

"I was very shocked to get sent off, usually you think to get a red card you've got to do something pretty bad. I think I probably conceded three fouls and two of them ended in bookings.

"I was disappointed and I am still lying in bed going over it in my head."

Daws went on to admit the team were up against it from the off on Saturday due to the conceding of a very early goal and, after restoring parity, failing to consolidate for a significant period.

"I think if you go to a place like St James Park and concede a goal within two minutes it is always an uphill task," he added. "You go there with a game plan and go a goal down, which changes everything.

"Luckily enough for us we got back on level terms but the game didn't stay at 1-1 for long enough for us to really get back into it. They went ahead again and obviously from our point of view it was a disappointing day - and even more for me with getting a red card," he continued before agreeing that the home side began like a team on a mission and seized the initiative.

"They did, but we probably helped that. They were at home after a few bad results and getting an early goal boosted their confidence again. That is why is a shame we didn't go there and show what we can do.

"To be 3-1 down within half an hour is unlike us. The lads stuck at it in the second half and maybe if Keano and JJ's shots had gone in it would have turned out differently.

"It wasn't to be, there is Manchester City on Saturday and we have got to put it behind us and make sure we get the three points."