Barnsley: Dawson sorry after Oakwell humbling

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Skipper Stephen Dawson admitted that the Barnsley players let themselves and the Oakwell faithful down after they were thumped 5-1 by Watford on Saturday.

The stuttering Reds remain rooted in the Championship drop zone after a third straight defeat, one which featured a cracking goal from Jason Scotland as a very rare highlight.

Now Dublin-born Dawso, aged 27, acknowledges that plenty of hard work lies ahead for the Reds players and coaching staff if they are to try and escape what is already looking like a winter of battling against the dreaded drop - again.

Dawson said: “We know full well that we didn’t put in a good enough performance on Saturday, so we’ve got to do everything we can to put that right now.

“We know we didn’t perform, and we know we’ve let people down on all sides. We let ourselves and the supporters down, and everyone was gutted about that straight after the game.

“The Watford game is gone now, though. We can’t start it again, so now we’ve got to get ready for work again on Monday and put things right.

“We did it last season so why can’t we do it again?

“There was a commitment and a drive from everyone in the second half of last season, so we’ve just got to get that back again.

“It’s only about eight games into the season, so we mustn’t forget that. There’s plenty of points still to play for so although it’s a frustrating situation, we can’t be feeling down about it.

“Who have we got next? I think it’s Leicester, Reading and QPR, so it’s going to be really tough.

“But we know what’s required now, and we know the trouble that we’re in at this point, so we’ll give it our all in those games and hopefully we can start to turn the position around.”

Former Leyton Orient, Bury and Mansfield schemer Dawson also acknowledged that the Hornets were a cut above his side on Saturday, but the Reds have won survival battles before, and they can do it again.