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Dawson's Diary

Posted on 29 August 2011  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

MONDAY, AUGUST 29

Spurs Lodge, 10am

There's no hiding that City were better than us in the end on Sunday and credit to them, they played well. They are a top team and they will be fighting for the title, but that doesn't make it any easier to take.

For 30 minutes we were right in there. At 0-0, Gareth had a great chance and then at 1-0, we broke, a superb cross from Gareth and Crouchy was just wide with his header.

We went in at half-time 2-0 down and felt a little hard done by.

The second half was an uphill battle and from our point of view, to concede five goals on Sunday and eight in the first two games is hard to take.

Ever since I've been at the club our home record has been fantastic. We don't lose many games and don't concede many goals, let alone five in one game. I remember a couple of years a go we only conceded 10 goals at home all season.

It's the first time I've been on the end of a drubbing like that at White Hart Lane and it's not something I want to experience again.

We'll move on, we have to. The unfortunate thing is that it's now an international break and we don't play again until September 10. But we'll pick ourselves up and we'll be ready for Wolves.

daws

A few things have happened since my last diary.

First of all, we now know who we'll play in the Europa League - Rubin Kazan, PAOK and Shamrock Rovers. We've one of the longest possible journeys to Russia and then one of the shortest to Ireland. They will be tough games, certainly and teams will want to beat us after we did so well in the Champions League.

The Carling Cup draw was on Saturday and we were handed a real tough one away to Stoke. It's always one of the toughest places to go, but if you want to progress in any competition, you have to go to places like that and win.

Finally, Emmanuel Adebayor has joined us on a season-long loan from City. He's a great addition to the squad. I've played against him on many occasions and he's scored a few goals against us.

He's a big, strong guy, he can hold the ball up, head it and has great technique.

It's a chance for him to come and play football and I'm sure he'll be determined to show everyone what he can do.