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AWESOME DAWSON

Posted on 20 March 2006  - 12:00

Michael Dawson wore a smile a little wider than usual as he clutched his bottle of Champagne after the 2-0 win over Birmingham on Saturday.

Michael Dawson wore a smile a little wider than usual as he clutched his bottle of Champagne after the 2-0 win over Birmingham on Saturday.

Another mighty performance from the central defender saw him named Man of the Match after the televised encounter - a richly deserved honour which he reports is a first.

"It is the first bottle I have won and it is great!" said Michael, who made a number of superb blocks and interceptions towards us keeping a first clean sheet since the goalless draw with Aston Villa on January 21. "The main thing is the three points, which we needed, and the lads are buzzing."

It was a real scrap for the points in freezing conditions at St Andrews and the game was probably not one for the purist. It was our team who made very few mistakes at the back and possessed a clinical edge in attack that sealed the win.

"We knew it was going to be difficult, they are fighting for their lives and so are we - but for different reasons. Luckily enough for us we came out on top, it was a tough battle but two good goals settled it - a first for Lenny and Keano again.

"It was a test we stood up to. Emile Heskey is a big strong lad - DJ Campbell as well - and did well against them. We came out on top and kept a clean sheet we haven't had for a while."