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DAWS ON ALL FOURS

Posted on 2 October 2007  - 12:00

Michael Dawson admitted he didn't know whether to laugh or cry after the incredible 4-4 draw against Aston Villa in our 125 anniversary game on Monday night.

Michael Dawson admitted he didn't know whether to laugh or cry after the incredible 4-4 draw against Aston Villa in our 125 anniversary game on Monday night.

Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring and things looked to be going to plan on this fantastic occasion until Villa took over - scoring four goals without reply to lead 4-1 with a little over 20 minutes left.

But the lads found something. Pascal Chimbonda bagged the all-important second goal after Jermain Defoe struck the post for 4-2, Robbie Keane slotted home a penalty after Darren Bent was bundled over in the box and Younes Kaboul completed the comeback with a goal and celebrations that will be remembered for a long time to come.

"It was so disappointing to give away four goals and at 4-1 we looked dead and buried but it was all about the spirit of the lads - we never give up," reflected Michael.

"At half-time we said it was about us and that we had to believe in ourselves.

"At 4-1 we said we couldn't concede anymore, hoped they might drop off and that's what happened. We took the game to them and when Pascal got the goal to make it 4-2 we all believed we could get something out of the game.

"We got a point after being 4-1 down and although we weren't happy to have been in that position it showed the passion and the commitment of the team to get back into it. We also wanted to do it for the fans on such a special occasion for the club."

So what about those celebrations? Where was Michael? "It was crazy! I ran over to Tom, I saw Younes' shirt on the floor, picked it up and told him to get it back on quickly! I think I was last back in position. We all thoroughly enjoyed the moment."

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