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Posted on 22 October 2005  - 12:00

Michael Dawson gives his regular insight to life at Spurs...

Michael Dawson gives his regular insight to life at Spurs...

IT'S BEEN another fantastic week. A win, a clean sheet and second in the Premiership - I just hope when we speak next week I'll be able to say the same again.

IT WAS great to be back in the side, but the win was the most important thing. From a personal point of view, it would be been the great to have got on the scoresheet as well. I got decent headers on two corner against Everton but it wasn't to be. Fingers crossed, that goal won't be far away. It's something I'm looking to add to my game. If we keep clean sheets every week, no-one will complain but I'd love to score as well. As a centre-back, you know you are not going to score 10 or 15 goals a season but you want to contribute along the way.

We're all looking forward to the game and our main aim to to still be second in the league come five o'clock. It's a tough test, we all know that and it's what the lads thrive on. We're up there, this is a big test and we want to show everyone we deserve to be there and can stay up there.

THE PROSPECT of going to Old Trafford on Saturday is exciting

YOU WANT to test yourself against the best and Wayne Rooney and Ruud Van Nistelrooy come in that category. I remember playing against Wayne when I was in the youth team at Forest, it was in the FA Youth Cup and I'm pretty sure Everton went on to beat Spurs over two legs in the semi-final. You won't need reminding that he scored a wonder goal at White Hart Lane - I saw that goal.

He was a great player then and you knew he was destined for big things. It was probably that year that did it for him, his performances in the FA Youth Cup and then he's made his full debut for Everton and scored that goal against Arsenal at Goodison Park. We know we will have to be at our best but we're all up for it.

IT WAS great news that we're going to host the England Under-21 European Championship play-off first leg against France at White Hart Lane. Will it motivate me more because it's at the Lane? That's a hard question, it shouldn't make a difference where evber you play for England but it will certainly mean that little more to be able to run out at 'home' in an England shirt.