Dawson backing Exeter to respond after Morecambe disappointment
Exeter City defender Aaron Dawson believes the Grecians paid the price for chasing the game at Morecambe, but backed his team-mates to respond in Saturday's home clash with York City.
After a goalless first half at the Globe Arena, the Grecians fell behind when Kevin Ellison benefited from some dire marking to head Morecambe in front and the subsequent response annoyed City manager Paul Tisdale, who branded his team's ball retention as "nigh on useless" in his post-match assessment of the 2-0 defeat.
Dawson, who has started Exeter's last two games at right-back, did not disagree with his manager's statement, but already has Saturday's visit of the Minstermen in his sights with Exeter looking to make it three wins from three home League Two fixtures.
"Saturday was a big disappointment because I think we were in control in the first half. If the goal doesn't go in so early in the second half, I think we could have gone on to win," he said. "After the goal went in, we were chasing the game and then we didn't play well. At one-nil down we were giving the ball away too easily, which is disappointing.
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"In the second half, we set out to carry on the way we were playing, because we had been doing really well. Once the goal went in, we still should have tried to carry on the same way we were playing, but I think we tried to chase the game too much.
"The game swung a bit when they went 1-0 up and their fans got right behind them, which makes it a bit harder, but that's no excuse – we should have done better.
"When we got to the final third, we didn't hold on to the ball and it kept coming back. But that wasn't just in the final third, it was all over the pitch," Dawson added.
"We'll be trying to bounce back straight away now against York next week and to keep the home run going by getting all three points."