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Daws' shut-eye

Posted on 4 February 2010  - 12:00

Michael Dawson said he'd sleep more easily after our FA Cup replay win at Leeds erased the memory of the late penalty he conversially conceded in the initial tie at the Lane.

Daws' shut-eye

Michael Dawson said he'd sleep more easily after our FA Cup replay win at Leeds erased the memory of the late penalty he conversially conceded in the initial tie at the Lane.

The in-form defender was shellshocked when referee Alan Wiley pointed to the spot after a challenge with Jermaine Beckford in the final minute of added time back on January 23.

It was a decision that could have gone either way - Michael admitted as much afterwards, and accepted Mr Wiley's decision - and Beckford kept his nerve from the spot to force the replay.

There were no such scares as we dominated in front of a packed 37,000 crowd at Elland Road on Wednesday night.

Jermain Defoe led the way with a hat-trick and was denied more goals by another fine performance from Leeds goalkeeper Casper Ankergren.

We led 1-0 after 37 minutes, Leeds levelled in their best spell at the end of the first half, JD finally put us in front again after 73 minutes before wrapping up his hat-trick and a 3-1 win in injury time. JD also had a goal disallowed, Tom Huddlestone, David Bentley and Peter Crouch all went close and Crouchy later hit the crossbar.

"It feels good after what happened two weeks ago, giving away that last-minute penalty, that we've come here and gone through to the next round," smiled ‘Daws' afterwards. "I will go home happy and have a good night's sleep!

"We knew it would be a tough place to go but we handled it well. We were gutted to go in at 1-1 at half-time after we'd dominated the first half but we showed our quality in the second half.

"We deserved to win but credit to them as well, they played well and made it hard work for us."