JULY 17, 2011
We were all disappointed to lose against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday. No-one likes to lose football matches.
We had a good week-and-a-half back in England, travelled out to South Africa, trained a couple of days and then into our first match of pre-season.
It was a great work-out for us but unfortunately we conceded a late goal and that was that.
We worked our socks off for 90 minutes, played some decent football, created chances and their goalkeeper managed to produce one or two world-class saves from Crouchy and Gaz (Gareth Bale).
But they broke away and we ended up not keeping the clean sheet we were after and losing it 1-0. There you go.
It's been a busy first few days in South Africa. It's the third time in four years with the World Cup last summer that I've been out to South Africa and the welcome and support we've had out here has been brilliant. I'd like to thank everyone.
We get off the plane and we're welcomed by everyone singing and dancing at the airport. The people here are so full of life and they love their football.
Orlando Pirates are next for us on Tuesday night and believe me, we'll go into that game wanting to put things right.
In the meantime, keep sending in your questions to me and I'll endeavour to answer as many as I can. Until next time!
Do you ever get used to pre-season? Does it get easier the longer you are in the game or do you still dread it every summer? From Michael Jarvis, Oxford
Daws: "I'll say this, Michael - just ask Brad! I think he said he's now into his 20th pre-season and no, it never gets any easier. You never look forward to July, all you're looking forward to is the first weekend of the season. By then, hopefully you've had a good six weeks or so preparation under your belt and you are ready. But it's never something you look forward to!"
Who is the fittest in the squad? Who makes it all look easy in pre-season? From Shelly Cox, Ipswich
Daws: "I bet most Spurs fans could guess that straight away! Gaz is certainly naturally fit, JJ as well and David Bentley always flies around when we're on the longer runs. It must be so nice to be naturally fit but it's still hard work for everyone. There is no hiding in pre-season!"
How has becoming team captain changed the way you play your game? From David O'Brien, Cork, Republic of Ireland
Daws: "I was very fortunate to captain Nottingham Forest at a very young age (21) and yes, when Ledley has been out, I’ve been lucky enough to captain Tottenham. It’s a great honour. But whoever is captain, I play the same game. I’m just as vocal whether or not I’m captain. I don’t change my game.”
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