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Daws happy with draw

Posted on 8 March 2010  - 12:00

Michael Dawson reiterated Harry Redknapp's thoughts that it was vital not to lose Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Fulham.

Daws happy with draw

Michael Dawson reiterated Harry Redknapp's thoughts that it was vital not to lose Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Fulham.

In a game full of energy and commitment but few clear-cut chances, we had the better of the first half and forced Mark Schwarzer into a fine save to claw away Peter Crouch's header.

Fulham stepped up a gear after the break and Heurelho Gomes produced the save of the match to turn away Zoltan Gera's close-range header.

However, we remained strong defensively and the home side came closest to breaking the deadlock when Vedran Corluka sliced just wide of his own net in the final minute.

We meet again at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, March 24 (7.45pm) for the right to take on Portsmouth in the semi-finals at Wembley over the weekend of April 10-11.

"I've never come here and had an easy game and that was the case again," reflected 'Daws', who captained the side and led by example again at Craven Cottage.

"They make it difficult for you and it's always tough but we're in the hat for the semi-finals and that's the main thing.

"It was one of those games where neither side really had clear-cut chances. Gomes made one world-class save just after half-time, it ended honours even and we'll take that.

"We would have loved to go through on Saturday but back at White Hart Lane we'll be full of confidence, the crowd will be right behind us and hopefully we'll go through."