Dawson: “The Confidence Has Grown”
The Hornets were minutes away from keeping a clean sheet and pulling off an excellent away win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and Craig Dawson feels the team deserved more than a point from their outstanding performance.
“It was a tough one to take, the whole squad and the group really showed some spirit and we were really unfortunate not to come away with three points,” said the centre-half. “But it’s a point against Tottenham and you can’t look down at that. There are a lot of positives to take out of this game.”
The visitors led for the majority of the match after Abdoulaye Doucouré’s opener on six minutes and could have extended their lead on more than one occasion but were pegged back at the death by a Dele Alli goal.
Aside from rueing missed chances and an unfortunate mix-up which led to the equaliser, Dawson was frustrated that certain refereeing decisions did not go his team’s way. But the 29-year-old chose his words carefully.
“Obviously there were a few contentious VAR moments, but it is what it is, that’s the game at the moment and we all have to respect it and carry on,” he said. “If we play like we did today then we can get that win shortly. Their defender has gone to ground and not made contact with the ball, so it’s the referee’s decision and unfortunately for us it’s not gone our way.”
The exceptional performance came as no surprise for Dawson, who has noticed improvements all week as the Hornets get to grips with Quique Sánchez Flores’ style of play and only expects more progression from here.
“We’ve had a good week’s training, the lads have shown lots of effort in training and worked really hard and you could see that in today’s performance. As a team the confidence has grown from today and hopefully we can take that into the next game,” said Dawson.
“Obviously the start of the season hasn’t gone to plan but we’re working very hard during the week as a team and the management staff as well to put things right, and that’s what we’re going to do. You could see that today, the performance was there, just unfortunately we didn’t get the result today.”