Our ever-reliable central defender found himself booked as early as the fourth minute, then had a penalty appeal waved away after he was blocked in the box by Hermann Hreidarsson and then scored an own goal to give Charlton a lift at 2-1 just minutes before the interval.
It was not a happy ‘Daws’ shaking his head down on his way down the tunnel but any negative thoughts were soon banished by a fine second half performance and 5-1 victory.
“I was booked early, then an own goal – you do start wondering,” reflected Michael back at Spurs Lodge. “I haven’t scored too many own goals and hopefully that will be my last.
“At 2-0 we were in charge but instead it was 2-1, the own goal gave them a lift and it put us a little on edge.
“But in the second half we came out and showed what we can do. It was a fantastic performance and we could have scored more.
“In the end all that was missing for me was a goal at the right end. A booking, an own goal, a penalty appeal, a goal – it would have been the full house!”
The win stretched our sequence at home to nine successive wins in all competitions, six in the league.
What did Michael put it down to? “It’s a bit of everything – the fans really get behind us and that’s fantastic and good performances always lead to belief.”
You could have excused Michael Dawson for thinking it was going to be one of those days as he trudged off at half-time against Charlton.