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OPENING DAWS

Posted on 6 November 2006  - 12:00

The smile on the face of Michael Dawson was even wider than normal when he emerged from the dressing room after the victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

The smile on the face of Michael Dawson was even wider than normal when he emerged from the dressing room after the victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

The 16-year absence of a three-point haul against the team from Stamford Bridge was ended with a first competitive goal for the club from Daws and a fine strike from Aaron Lennon after Chelsea took the lead on 14 minutes.

It turned into a magical evening on Guy Fawkes night and the atmosphere was crackling at the Lane and Daws reported afterwards that there was pre-match silence from his usual backers on the goalscoring front.

"I've been getting a little bit of stick!" laughed the powerful central defender. "It's been a long time since my last goal, this is obviously my first for the club - and what a time to get it. What a feeling too.

"People have believed that I was going to score for while, saying 'I fancy you to score', but no-one actually said it this time. It was a great thrill for me, but what a result for us.

"It was a great ball in from JJ, I got a little flick and then realised from the cheering that it had gone in. I was off celebrating then."

It was a fitting way to mark Martin's two year's in charge on a fireworks night that Spurs people will not forget in a hurry.

"The manager has kept talking about beating one of the top sides and you could see what it meant to the fans and players.

"In the first 20 minutes we were under quite a bit of pressure and it was a great goal from them. We were disappointed, but we kept going and got our rewards with a great goal from Lenny."