"We appreciate what they do and how far they travel," said the popular central defender. "When you come to these places they give you a massive lift and during the warm down the lads were saying how fantastic they are to us.
"We are grateful, they pay their money to come and support us and hopefully they enjoyed their night just like us," continued Michael, who said the players were more than content with the outcome, even though a wider margin of victory would not have flattered.
"We had chances to score more, but we won, kept a clean sheet and that is what counts really in games like this. We're very happy with the win and enjoying this competition.
"Of course we want to finish top of the group. It is great that we have already qualified, but we must now concentrate on the league again."
Michael Dawson stated the gratitude of the players for the amazing backing of the supporters at the BayArena on Thursday.The fans were singing from start to finish in the UEFA Cup contest against Bayer Leverkusen that resulted in us ensuring progression to the last 32 of the competition.