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DAWS ON DIRECT ASSIST

Posted on 23 November 2005  - 12:00

Michael Dawson points out that his direct assist towards Mido's goal against West Ham on Sunday was fully intentional.

Michael Dawson points out that his direct assist towards Mido's goal against West Ham on Sunday was fully intentional.

The central defender's 40 yard hoof forward dissected the Hammers rearguard and put the striker through on goal. Mido, in turn, elected to go first time and measured his lofted header over the advanced Shaka Hislop in goal.

"I actually did mean it, believe it or not. I saw Keano in front with Anton Ferdinand just behind and I thought if I can just get it over Anton's head and in behind then Mido was in.

I know people probably won't believe me, but I did mean it. I tried it and got lucky!

Less lucky was the last second despair of letting in an equaliser that led to a likely three points turning into just one in the bank. The gloom had not lifted by Monday afternoon.

"I think the mood around the camp just shows how disappointed we all are to have conceded in the last minute," added the England under-21 international. "It feels almost worse than losing at the moment - I know it can't get worse than getting beaten but it certainly feels like it at the moment.

"I was gutted on Sunday and I'm still gutted today. Life goes on though and we'll hopefully be able to put it right at the weekend.

"We've got to learn to kill teams off. The way we conceded was disappointing and it was hard to take."