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Downs and ups

Posted on 1 July 2009  - 12:00

Michael Dawson sat back to reflect on last season and admitted: "Everything happened."

Downs and ups

Michael Dawson sat back to reflect on last season and admitted: "Everything happened."

The ever-popular and reliable defender was asked for this thoughts on the campaign for Spurs TV Online and reeled off his answer in one take!

So here are his thoughts - and remember, you can watch this interview alongside seasonal reflections from the likes of Jermaine Jenas, Heurelho Gomes, Vedran Corluka and Darren Bent on Spurs TV Online - CLICK HERE...

DAWS ON - the season as a whole...

"Everything happened this season, from the good, to the bad, to just the plain disappointing.

"It was an awful start to the season and everyone has to take full responsibility for that - only two points from eight games is unacceptable.

"Everyone had to take their share of the criticism and look at themselves, and I wasn't playing as many games as I would have liked at that time."

DAWS ON - Harry Redknapp's arrival...

"When Harry came in after eight games, things turned around for a couple of months and it was looking good again until we went through another bad patch.

"But it was always going to be an uphill battle after the start we made, so to get back in contention and climb up the table was good.

"I played quite a few games, which was very good from a personal point of view. I love playing football and that's what it boils down to at the end of the day.

"To come back from where we were to be in with a chance of qualifying for Europe on the final day makes it seem like a good season."

DAWS ON - how being bottom affects players away from the club...

"The start made personal life hard as well. You go home, walk down the street, go to the shops and everything's doom and gloom. That's being at the bottom of the table.

"It's absolutely awful to take from a professional point of view because you're not playing well as a team or as individuals - that's why we were in that position."

DAWS ON - the low point at Stoke...

"Stoke was a bad day for me (we lost 2-1 and had both Michael and Gareth Bale sent off), I hadn't been playing but I came on and was trying to do everything I could to get us back in the game.

"But frustration boiled over and I made an over-the-top tackle. I never went out to hurt him, it was just in the heat of the moment.

"Emotions were running high. We were bottom of the league and it was a difficult day to take.

"But we've bounced back. We looked around, a few words were said, and then Harry came in and turned it around.

"Everyone has got to take credit for the change from Stoke to where we ended up. Everyone stuck together through those hard times."

Daws, Carling Cup Final

DAWS ON - the Carling Cup Final...

"We had good cup runs while climbing up the table, and the Carling Cup Final was a fantastic occasion.

"The semi-final was eventful both at home and away to say the least. We found ourselves 1-0 down having been outplayed by Burnley in the first 45 minutes at White Hart Lane.

"If we're honest, they probably had a mad 30 minutes which gave us the upper hand (we eventually won that first leg 4-1) until we went to Burnley.

"On an awful winter's night it was a tough place to go, but all credit to them - they were better than us and we were lucky to go through (we scored two late goals in extra time).

"When we woke up the next day, it wasn't about whether we were lucky or not - we were going to Wembley and that's all that counted at the end of the day.

"The Final at Wembley was the most amazing day and the worst day all rolled into one.

"It was a dream ever since I was a young kid to actually walk out at Wembley and play in a proper game.

"I went on a tour of the stadium about 15 years ago and at that time I never actually dreamt of ever going back there to play.

"It's such a special place, and to walk out for a cup final in front of 90,000 people was amazing - but we didn't win, so it made one of the most amazing days turn into one of the hardest to take in the space of two and a half hours.

"Credit to the lads, we played really well, but we lost the cup final and it was hard to take. But we moved on and climbed up the league."

DAWS ON - creating a new home defensive record of just 10 goals conceded in the league...

"The record was a great achievement for everyone. We weren't conceding too many goals at the start of the season, but we weren't winning the games either.

"You win together and lose together. We weren't scoring as many goals early on as we would've liked, but weren't keeping any clean sheets either, so it balances out.

"In the end, we started scoring and keeping clean sheets, so it made it all look a million times better.

"Everyone must take credit for the record, because we win games as a team and we're all down when we lose."