Dawson gets Hodgson praise

West Brom boss pleased with youngster's PL debut

Last Updated: 19/09/11 12:51pm

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Craig Dawson has received praise from Roy Hodgson after his Premier League debut in the defeat at Swansea.

The 21-year-old's display in the Baggies defence was a highlight in what otherwise was a bad day at the office for Hodgson's side who went down 3-0 to sink to the foot of the Premier League table.

Dawson came into the side for the suspended Gabriel Tamas and Hodgson felt the defender - who initially joined the Baggies in 2010 from Rochdale and spent last season back on loan at his former club - coped well with the challenges of the top flight.

Hodgson told the Birmingham Mail: "He was quite good.

"I would say he will be quite happy with his individual debut but won't be happy that he's on a losing side."
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"The ball was in front of him quite a lot of the time.

"There wasn't a lot of crosses coming in or situations where there were heading duels.

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"The play was in front of him and in midfield and I thought his positional play was good.

"He worked very hard. Once or twice he produced some good defensive moments.

"So, I would say he will be quite happy with his individual debut but won't be happy that he's on a losing side."

Hodgson was also not happy with his team's overall display.

"I have no complaints about the defeat," he added.

"It was undoubtedly our worst performance of the season. We lost to the better team."

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