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53 AND COUNTING

Posted on 16 April 2007  - 12:00

Michael Dawson is gearing up for game number 54 out of 55 in his incredible season - and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Michael Dawson is gearing up for game number 54 out of 55 in his incredible season - and he wouldn't have it any other way.

The central defender has only missed one game all season - featuring in 53 of 54 in all competitions - and that when suspension ruled him out at Manchester City in December.

Now an England squad regular, 'Daws' was on the bench for the Carling Cup game at MK Dons but had to come on for injured Calum Davenport in the second half.

"I've got used to it," reflected Michael on the the demanding schedule. "It's been play, rest day, training then another game for most of the season but we've got a full week's training now, we won't know what to do with ourselves!

"It's been fantastic and I'll never complain about playing too many games.

"It's great to be out there and involved. It's not always rosy, you have ups and downs and there are disappointments but it's how you respond to it that counts."

Sunday's trip to Wigan was typical of the season - our fifth game in 15 days in a spell that included the UEFA Cup quarter-final over two legs against Sevilla.

In the end, the lads had to battle back on three occasions as Emile Heskey, Leighton Baines and Kevin Kilbane put the home side 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 up but Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane twice made sure we came home with at least a point.

"It's a tough place to go, Wigan are fighting for survival and after going behind three times, you have to be happy with a point," added Michael. "If we'd have gone ahead three times, we'd have been disappointed not to win.

"We went 1-0 down inside a minute and it's never ideal to concede so early, we did the same against Sevilla on Thursday night and that hit us hard but we showed spirit there and again at Wigan. We stuck together and forced ourselves back into it. We could have felt sorry for ourselves up at Wigan after what happened against Sevilla but credit to the lads, we kept going."




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