Work to be done says Dawson
Saturday, 13 October, 2012
England's goalscorer says it's only half time after first leg win over Serbia
After smashing home the winning penalty for England Under-21s against Serbia on Friday night, Craig Dawson says there is still work to be done in the second leg.
The West Brom defender was handed the responsibility for spot-kick after his impressive record in training. And he also has experience of scoring from 12 yards on the big stage.
Dawson was part of Stuart Pearce's Team GB side at London 2012 and successfully took one of the penalties in the quarter-final shootout against South Korea in front of a 70,000 crowd at the Millennium Stadium.
And against the Serbians in the Euro 2013 play-off first leg at Norwich, after Adam Smith had been felled in the box, he held his nerve to hand the Young Lions a slender first leg lead.
"You've got to try and keep to what you practice and keep calm. It is always nerve-wracking to step up, though," he told FATV in the Carrow Road tunnel after the game.
"We created a few chances but didn't really put them to bed unfortunately, but it was a great team performance and a clean sheet.
"The lads defended from the front. We always looked dangerous and created a lot of chances and I'm sure on another night we'd put more away."
And, with a place in the Euro 2013 Finals at stake on Tuesday in Krusevac, Dawson believes England are in for a difficult game.
"[The Coach] said it's only half time and we've got to a lot of work to do to get into the next stage. We know what they are about and it's going to be a tough game."
Watch the full post-match interview with Dawson in the FATV player below.