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CRYING GAME

Posted on 14 March 2006  - 12:00

Michael Dawson admitted he 'felt like crying' after William Gallas' last-minute goal consigned us to defeat at Chelsea.

Michael Dawson admitted he 'felt like crying' after William Gallas' last-minute goal consigned us to defeat at Chelsea.

Just as it looked like a point was in the bag, Gallas struck the goal of his life from 25 yards to clinch a 2-1 win for the champions in the Premiership clash at Stamford Bridge.

Michael Essien opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 13th minute but we responded well, equalised through Jermaine Jenas just before half-time and enjoyed decent spells of possession in the second half.

Indeed, Jermaine had the best chance of the second half before Chelsea hit back again – Paul Robinson saved superbly from Didier Drogba but then came Gallas' late, late show.

"It still hurts and I can’t describe the way the boys felt after the game," reflected Michael back at Spurs Lodge on Monday. "I felt like crying at the time.

"We were all back out on the training pitch on Monday and still bitterly disappointed but we have to look forward to Birmingham now."

Asked to paint us a picture of that dressing room, Michael added: "All the heads were looking at the floor and it showed when the goal went in, everyone was absolutely gutted.

"The lads thought we’d done enough to get something out of the game and it hurts to go and play as well as we did and come away with nothing.

"We conceded an early goal but it shows the character that we came back, equalised and played well. We thoroughly deserved to be back in the game and we could have gone on and won it – that’s what makes the defeat all the harder to take."