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Mixed emotions for Michael

Posted on 5 October 2012  - 11:05

Michael Dawson loved opening the scoring against Panathinaikos - but admitted it wasn't the same after letting that lead slip in the second half in Athens.

Mixed emotions for Michael

The defender and skipper on the night glanced home Gareth Bale's free-kick in the 35th minute, just reward after we dominated the first half of the Europa League Group J encounter in the Olympic Stadium.

Panathinaikos were much improved after the break and although we missed the better chances to forge further ahead, the Greek team found an equaliser through Toche with 13 minutes remaining.

"I'm not known for scoring goals," said Michael, after his seventh goal in seven years at the club.

"It was great to score and take the lead but we’ve drawn the game and for me, scoring and not getting the three points doesn’t make it any better.

"I thought we played really well in the first half, passed the ball well, scored the goal. It would have been nice to go 2-0 up, but at times it doesn’t happen like that.

"In the second half, they brought players on and that changed the game.

"Away from home, maybe we needed to keep the ball better and they played with more confidence. It’s never easy, but after playing how we did in the first half and getting the 1-0 lead, we wanted to try and build on that but they came at us and were the better team in the second half."

Meanwhile, Michael's celebration - did he stumble over or was it a 'Klinsmann' dive?

"I’ve had a few texts saying I was doing a ‘Klinsmann’ dive, but I didn’t!" he said. "I stumbled over and thought I might as well just go down, and everyone joined in. It was great to score, I don’t get too many, but it would have been better if it was the winner."