Defender scored his first Baggies goal against Burnley
CRAIG Dawson has praised the delivery of Albion’s set-pieces after registering his first goal for the club after 38 appearances.
The defender opened the scoring for the Baggies in the 30th minute of yesterday's 4-0 home success over Burnley, heading home Chris Brunt’s left-footed corner.
Albion then doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time as Saido Berahino nodded home at the back post, after Graham Dorrans flicked on James Morrison’s corner at the near post.
Morrison had profited from a set-piece himself last weekend in the 1-0 win at Tottenham, finishing off another Brunt corner.
And centre-half Dawson knew that set plays would be important against a defensively astute Burnley side.
“We knew that set-pieces were going to be important in both penalty areas,” the 24-year-old said.
“The delivery was brilliant and we managed to get two goals from set-pieces.
“I have been getting a bit of stick from the lads about not scoring.
“Finally one has gone my way."
Dawson has played a key role in recent weeks as Albion recorded back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since April 2012.
His centre-half pairing with Joleon Lescott has been widely praised, but Dawson insists it is a team effort.
“It is always great to keep a clean sheet,” the former England Under-21 international said.
“It’s a team effort and everyone is working really hard from back to front.
“It has been a great week for us.
“We have two very important games coming up.
“We have to make sure we prepare properly for those games."