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Dawson on Preston draw

1 September 2019

Nottingham Forest captain Michael Dawson felt The Reds showed plenty of character to fight back and earn a point against Preston.

The defender admitted that Forest were not good enough in the first half but the showing in the second period was much improved.

Speaking after the game, he said: “It was frustrating, especially with the first-half performance. Credit to them, they came and they moved the ball better than we did in possession.

“From half-time, it is always an uphill battle when you go a goal behind at home. Expectations at this place, we have set those standards and we had a good week before today. We went in at half-time, regrouped and changed a few things and we dominated the second half so a draw was probably a fair result.

“Preston are a good team, we knew that coming into the game. We know the way the play, they move the ball and have got Gallagher and Pearson in there who enjoy being on the ball and we maybe didn’t get in their faces enough.

“In the second half we dominated and we looked comfortable. It was very similar to the Charlton performance. We didn’t keep possession in the right areas and we didn’t do it in the final third when you have to be a threat and score goals.”

Dawson felt that the impact that substitutes Samba Sow, Joao Carvalho and Albert Adomah had on the game was crucial as their second-half performance got the crowd right behind them.

He said: “This place when you get it rocking, there is no better place. We saw that against Derby and that breeds from how we perform on the pitch. We didn’t do that in the first half but we have to take the positives from it and that is getting a point and coming from behind again. It shows a strength that we have got collectively, from the manager leading us and the players on the pitch.

“We need that and that is why we have a squad as they can come on and win points for us. Albert came on and got the goal, Samba in the middle of the park you know what you are going to get out of him and Joao created the goal for Albert.

“It is a group thing, we will take it and have a little break now. It has been a busy six weeks or so and we will come back and look forward to Swansea.”

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