Date: 23rd October 2015 at 5:32pm
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Defender Craig Dawson has been given the media treatment ahead of the Norwich game this weekend and he covered a variety of topics.

In quotes carried by from the event, Dawson began by talking about the victory over Sunderland and how the camp had lifted with us now having our first Hawthorns win of the season under our belts.

‘It was great to get our first home win of the season last Saturday afternoon. We have had some really difficult games at The Hawthorns so far, so it was important to get three points for the fans. It probably wasn`t the best game to watch but it was an important win and it was nice to get another clean sheet. It was Sam Allardyce`s first game in charge of Sunderland so we knew it was going to be difficult but thankfully we managed to get the victory.’

With Sunderland talk out of the way, Dawson went on to discuss the overall start to the season and obviously there is room for improvement.

‘We have done ok so far but we are always looking to improve. We would obviously like to be on more points as everyone would be. There are parts of our game that we need to improve but everyone has been working really hard on the training pitch. The games that we have coming up now are a good chance to get more points on the board.’

Moving onto his team colleagues, he went on to talk briefly about Saido Berahino and Salomon Rondon.

‘Saido is a great character to have in the dressing room and he is a very important player for us. He has been working really hard recently and when he is scoring goals he is one of the best. Salomon has been putting the work in but he hasn`t got the goals that his performances have deserved as of yet. I think once the goals start going in for him they will continue to come.’

Summer signing Johnny Evans was also covered.

‘Jonny has bags of experience and he is a great leader. He has done a great job so far during his short time at the Club and he has fitted in brilliantly with the lads.’

As for Claudio Yacob, who he felt was the ‘toughest’ player at the club.

‘I would probably say Claudio Yacob. He is tough in the tackles and takes no nonsense. He is exactly the same in training too, he gets stuck into his team-mates as well as the opposition so I`d have to go with Claudio.’

Finally, he talked about his own individual showings so far when called upon, and gave some thoughts about Norwich City and our trip to Carrow Road this weekend.

‘I have been quite happy with them but like I have said before, there is always room for improvement. Overall I have been pretty pleased with my performances so far this year. I need to make sure I keep improving week-in week-out. Carrow Road is a nice ground but their fans are really close to the pitch so it makes playing there quite difficult. They are a good side and it would be nice to get an early goal to dampen the atmosphere. It will be a tough match, we know what they will be like having already played there in the Capital One Cup earlier on in the season. They are a very attacking team and they have lots of pace in wide areas as well as up front, so it will be a difficult test for us defenders. The have settled really well into the Premier League, as have all of the promoted sides.’

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