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Michael's penalty pain

Posted on 25 January 2010  - 12:00

Michael Dawson gave a typically honest assessment after conceding the penalty that handed Leeds a lifeline in Saturday's FA Cup tie at the Lane.

Michael's penalty pain

Michael Dawson gave a typically honest assessment after conceding the penalty that handed Leeds a lifeline in Saturday's FA Cup tie at the Lane.

Captain on the day, ‘Daws' was convinced he won the ball when he slid in to tackle Jermaine Beckford in the final seconds of injury time.

The decision could have gone either way but referee Alan Wiley pointed to the spot and Beckford converted to take the fourth round tie to a replay at Elland Road on Wednesday week, February 3.

The defender continued to protest his innocence after the match when he revealed that he'd spoken to Mr Wiley in the tunnel afterwards but insisted he respected his decision.

"At the time I didn't believe it was a penalty, maybe that's just me in the heat of things, but I came in, had a look at it again on TV and still believe it was harsh," said Michael.

"Maybe I can see why he gave it. I spoke to the referee after the game once I'd calmed down and he said I went through the man to get the ball. I was upset but I have to respect his decision.

"Even now thinking about it, it's not a nice feeling. We were 2-1 up, the game's nearly over and we've almost won, so yes I'm sad we've not won the game, and sad that my tackle - whether it was right or wrong - has cost us a win.

"We have another chance in the replay and we will have to make sure we put it right at Elland Road but we now have to pick ourselves up for Fulham."

As Michael eluded to, the lads don't have long to mull over Saturday's events as we step straight back into Barclays Premier League action against Fulham at the Lane tomorrow night (Tuesday, January 26, 8pm).

We remain fourth in the standings and determined to bounce back from the draw against Hull and loss at Anfield last week.

"We need a win against Fulham," said Michael. "Anfield last week was a disappointment and we need to get back to winning football matches.

"We hoped it was going to be against Leeds but unfortunately it wasn't to be and now league games are massive for us. I'm sure the White Hart Lane faithful will be back out in force for the Fulham game in good voice and we need to make sure we put on a good performance for them."