Date: 17th November 2016 at 3:38pm
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Centre half turned full back, Craig Dawson is in line to make his 100th Premier League appearance when West Bromwich Albion face Burnley this Monday.

Having come through at Rochdale where the club spotted him, he joined us permanently back in 2010, but he did spent a year back at Spotland gaining more experience, and fans will be aware of his England Under 21 exploits and his goal return for them from set pieces.

In 2013 he spent a short period of time out at Wigan Athletic, gaining further experience but having become relied upon by head coach Tony Pulis, the 26 year old now has a total of 112 starting appearances, with a further nine from the bench, but should he be selected for action this fixture, it will be his 100th Premier League appearance for the side.

Speaking to wba.co.uk to discuss the milestone, it wasn’t lost on him that Burnley was the clash where he scored the first of six goals for us as well, and he wouldn’t mind marking the occasion with another one.

‘I would settle for that again on Monday. But I don`t think my scoring record is anything to shout about. Six goals? I don`t think that`s particularly good and it`s one of the areas I want to improve on.’

He went on to say about the potential milestone.

‘If I am selected, then it will be a nice moment and when I think about the quality of defenders who have been at the club while I have been making my way and trying to get established, it`s naturally very pleasing. You look at ‘G-Mac`, Jonny Evans, Jonas Olsson, Joleon Lescott, James Chester…that`s quite a group of players to fight your way through to even get a look-in in the team. They have all been a help to me and played a part in helping me progress. It`s a long, long way from my days at Rochdale but I never stopped dreaming I could play at this level. I like to think that this is a reward for hard work and dedication. You only get to achieve your dreams with that sort of commitment.’

As for the game itself now the November international break is over, Dawson is obviously hoping for a good performance and another three points so the side can kick on following the Leicester City game.

‘I think this next group of games will be seen by everybody as a chance for us to really get our season going. We`ve got nearly everyone fit and the gaffer has got some great options – that`s why I take nothing for granted and presume I am going to be picked on Monday. There will be those who expect us to get points from this group of games but this is the Premier League and the one thing I know for certain from my 99 appearances so far is that nothing is easy.’

He ended by saying about the upcoming opposition, and Leicester.

‘Burnley had that terrific late win against Palace and they will not be short of confidence. We need our fans right behind us as always because you can never over-state how much difference that makes on the pitch. They were great at Leicester and we were pleased with our performance there which gave them what they had come for. But that is only the kind of level the lads expect of themselves every week. That is our challenge now – more of that level and above to get this season heading forwards.’

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