Dixon pleased with performance at Leicester
Paul Dixon believes Town could have come away from Leicester City’s King Power Stadium with a point or three today through their performance in the eventual 2-1 defeat.
“We could have got something out of the game, whether that was a draw or even a win,” Paul told htafc.com at the full-time whistle.
“We started the game a little bit slower than we would have liked and they got a 2-0 head-start. We gave ourselves a bit of an uphill battle by conceding so early.
“Despite that, we made some really good chances in the first-half and (Kasper) Schmeichel has made some good saves. Even at 2-0 down we still tried to play and the boys played well.
“Although we made chances, we got a little lucky with our goal; the boy (Paul Konchesky) helped it in as it looked like it was going past the post. You make your own luck though in football though.
“Duane (Holmes)’s effort late on in the game produced an unbelievable save from Schmeichel – one of a few today. If we were sat here now having not tested their goalkeeper we could have no complaints about being beaten 2-1, but we’ve made him earn his money today.
“Last time we came here we won 2-1 in the Cup and we knew that if we got at them, we would cause them problems. Unfortunately the slow start hurt us. If we don’t concede so early, the game could have been a little bit different.”
Town looked set for a second-half comeback when they pulled a goal back midway through the second-half, but that momentum was curtailed by a straight red card for James Vaughan after he pushed defender Marcin Wasilewski to the floor.
“We scored with about 25 minutes to go, which gave us a lot of time in the game to score another. Unfortunately Vaughany has reacted to an incident. I felt the Leicester boy (Marcin Wasilewski) should be getting something too, because he’s wiped Vaughany out just before.
“James knows himself that you cannot react by lifting your hands in this day and age. He could be out for a few weeks now; we will wait and see.”
Dixon came back into the starting line-up for today’s game after a four game absence, making the 300th appearance of his career in a new-look 3-4-3 formation.
He continued: “It’s been a bit of an ‘in-out’ season for me – something I’ve not been used to in my career. I was fortunate to play week in, week out in Scotland and I made 40 appearances last season, which I was very happy with in my first year in England. I’m looking to build on that this season.
“Although I thought I played well in the opening game of the season at Nottingham Forest, I was kicking myself as I take full responsibility for the lapse in concentration for their goal; I hold my hands up for that. Other than that I think I’ve played well this season, so I need to take confidence from that. When I am in the team, I will try and play as well as I can.”
Next up for Dixon and his teammates is next Saturday’s West Yorkshire derby at home to Leeds United.
“We have to take the positives from today’s game, i.e. the performance. We didn’t get the result we liked, but our performance was there and if we keep that up we will inevitably make chances.
“The Manager just told us that he was happy with the performance, but that we need to believe in ourselves a little bit more. We’ll learn from the game and move onto next Saturday against Leeds.”
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