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POSITIVE DAWS

Posted on 16 May 2006  - 12:00

Michael Dawson is adamant that the bitter disappointment of the final day shouldn't cloud what was a memorable campaign in the Premiership.

Michael Dawson is adamant that the bitter disappointment of the final day shouldn't cloud what was a memorable campaign in the Premiership.

There was an air of despondency at the club after defeat at West Ham consigned us to fifth place after we'd held on to fourth spot since December.

However, that fifth place represents our best finishing position in the Premiership, 65 points is our highest tally in the Premiership and we've qualified for European football via league position for the first time since 1982-83.

"Everyone knows that we were all absolutely gutted not to finish in that fourth spot," reflected Michael, who played such a big part in our league success. "Things just went against us.

"It was a bad day but it's important we look at the positives now - we finished fifth, our best finish in the Premiership and we've qualifed for Europe again and we have to be satisfied with that.

"By qualifying for Europe we achieved what we set out to do at the start of the season and hopefully this is just the start.

"From a personal point of view it's been fantastic. I've had a good run and played a lot of games and been part of a great squad and great club. We'll come back later this summer all determined to build on what we've achieved this season.

"To be involved in a club like this is amazing. The fans have been great and it was just a shame we didn't make it into fourth. They were behind us throughout and a lot of what we've achieved this season is for them."