Hull City

Dawson – We Must React Positively After First Defeat

16 August 2017
Michael Dawson felt Tuesday night's game against Wolverhampton Wanderers could have gone either way but he knows that the Tigers must now react positively after suffering their first defeat of the season.

Wolves maintained their 100 per cent start to the new campaign with a 3-2 win at the KCOM Stadium, leaving Dawson and his team-mates to focus on bouncing back when they travel to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

“It could have been different against Wolves – Fraizer (Campbell) had a chance at 2-1 down where John Ruddy has made a great save and Abel hit the post with a header – but that is football and we have to pick ourselves up,” said Dawson.

“We said in the dressing room after the game that there will be highs and lows over the next eight or nine months. You’re always disappointed when you lose a game because you always know that you could have done better.

“We’ll look at where we can improve over the next couple of days, and we’re still a relatively new group that is still building. Players are still coming in and we have some young players bedding in as well. That takes time.

“Unfortunately we lost a game on Tuesday night, but we will go again on Saturday at QPR.”

Looking in more detail at Tuesday night’s defeat, Dawson added: “I thought we deserved something from the game. Their opening goal was an absolute worldy and they are a good team.

“I think there were a lot of positives to take from our second half performance, but their third goal killed it really. Then we got the penalty to bring it back to 3-2 in added time and at that point, you’re thinking we just need a couple more minutes to send me and Michael Hector up front and get the ball into their box.

“There wasn’t time for that. It was a tough game and a disappointing one to lose.”