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Fully focused

Posted on 4 March 2009  - 12:00

Michael Dawson insists Wembley will be forgotten when the lads step out to face Middlesbrough at the Lane tonight (Wednesday).

Fully focused

Michael Dawson insists Wembley will be forgotten when the lads step out to face Middlesbrough at the Lane tonight (Wednesday).

'Daws' was devastated after our penalty shoot-out loss against Manchester United in the Carling Cup Final on Sunday.

But he is adamant the team has moved on with crucial Premier League points now at stake.

"When you cross that white line, whether it's before a cup final or after one that you've lost, the only thing you are concentrating on is the game ahead of you," he said.

"We won't have Sunday on our minds, we will be fully focused on trying to beat Middlesbrough because we now know exactly what this season holds for us.

"We've got 12 huge games left and the sooner we climb up that table, the better it will be.

"There are some tough ones to come too, so home games are going to be important.

"Our last four away games before Hull were against teams in and around us and we lost them all, so we have to start picking up points from the teams near us.

"With Boro just behind us in the table, we have to make sure we put some daylight between them and us.

"They had a big win on Saturday against Liverpool, but we'll be looking to put on a good performance and get back to winning ways."

You can read Michael's interview in full in tonight's official matchday programme...

ELSEWHERE IN TONIGHT'S MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Carling Cup Final review - Match facts, stats, photos and reaction from Sunday's penalty shoot-out loss to United.

Harry Redknapp - The manager's exclusive column.

Memory Lane - The youth team of 1990.

Home and away - Les Ferdinand takes the Q&A challenge.

Spurs Art - Alan Gilzean.

Greatest moment - No5 and happier days from the penalty spot.

You can buy individual copies of the programme online by CLICKING HERE...