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GOOD TO BE BACK

Posted on 4 September 2007  - 12:00

Michael Dawson reflected that it was simply good to be back playing after his run-out for the reserves against Birmingham on Monday evening.

Michael Dawson reflected that it was simply good to be back playing after his run-out for the reserves against Birmingham on Monday evening.

Daws clocked up 65 minutes at Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road, having made his return from an ankle injury late on against Fulham on Saturday. He viewed his stint for Clive Allen's side as valuable playing time in what was his first appearance for our reserves since his arrival from Nottingham Forest.

"It has been a long time coming," he laughed when reminded of the aforementioned fact. "It is just good to be back playing football, of course I'd rather be playing for the First Team all the time but, for me, it is a game of football and I always want to play.

"I enjoyed helping the lads, it was a good chance for me, and hopefully they enjoyed it as much as I did.

"The ankle was fine, the main aim was to get a bit of match fitness and sharpness. You can train as much as you want, but there is nothing like playing games. With there being no game this weekend it was an ideal opportunity for me," added Daws, who continued by expressing his own hurt over the First Team not emerging from the contest at Craven Cottage with maxiumum points.

"It was very disappointing. When you come on you hope not to concede a goal and to close the game down but we couldn't do that. It was a massive blow and everyone was gutted."

The central defender will now be hoping for a change of fortunes, pointing out that his mood on missing the start of the campaign after turning an ankle on the Friday before the squad travelled to the Stadium of Light was far from his usual cheery self.

"Ask my girlfriend! To miss games so early in the season is not nice, but with it happening the day before Sunderland I was a grump for nigh on two weeks. I was rather miserable to be around, but hopefully it is behind me now and I can look forward."

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