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For the good of the team

Posted on 30 December 2009  - 12:00

Michael Dawson believes competition for places can only make the team stronger as key players begin to make their return from injuries.

For the good of the team

Michael Dawson believes competition for places can only make the team stronger as key players begin to make their return from injuries.

The Christmas period has seen Luka Modric make his first start after a four month absence and Ledley King also return to the fold having been sidelined since early November.

Ledley came back into the centre of our defence alongside the in-form ‘Daws' for Monday's 2-0 victory over West Ham at the Lane.

It saw Sebastien Bassong, who had been Michael's central defensive partner in recent weeks, drop to the bench, and with Jonathan Woodgate slowly on the mend after his latest groin trouble, it goes to show the options Harry Redknapp has at his disposal.

‘Daws', who missed the opening weeks of the season with an Achilles injury, has had to work hard to win a regular place in our back-line and knows his high levels of performance must continue during a key part of the season as we fight to remain in the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

He said: "There's good competition for places at the back at the moment, especially with Ledley returning, but it's the same all over the park.

"That can only be good for the team as a whole because everyone has got to be at their best to stay in the team. We're all striving to stay in the top four and let's hope we can do it.

"There are four good centre-halves at the Club so when I came back from injury I knew I had to work hard and when my chance came I knew I had to take it.

"I go out on the pitch and do the same every week, give it my all and hope that's good enough to help the team win."

The form of ‘Daws' has been a key factor in our run of four consecutive games without conceding a goal, with many pundits now mentioning his name in the same breath as England's World Cup squad.

But the likeable Yorkshireman is refusing to believe the recent defensive record is anything other than a team effort.

He added: "We win together and we lose together. When we keep clean sheets it's down to the whole back four, the goalkeeper, and the team as a whole takes pride in it.

"It's something to build on and keeping clean sheets is a fantastic base for the rest of the team to play their football on.

"People are tipping me for an England place but I just hope that the gaffer keeps picking me for Spurs and if we keep winning and playing well, everything else will take care of itself."