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SLIDING DAWS

Posted on 5 March 2007  - 12:00

'What was I doing?' - the words of Michael Dawson, who certainly got caught up in the emotion of Sunday's amazing 4-3 win at Upton Park.

'What was I doing?' - the words of Michael Dawson, who certainly got caught up in the emotion of Sunday's amazing 4-3 win at Upton Park.

Trailing 2-0 at half-time, Jermain Defoe's spot kick and Teemu Tainio's superbly-crafted volley levelled it at 2-0 only for Bobby Zamora to head the Hammers into a 3-2 lead five minutes from time. Young substitute Adel Taarabt won a free-kick curled home by Dimitar Berbatov for 3-3 before Paul Slalteri started and finished a breakaway winning goal in injury time.

"There were so many ups and downs in the game," smiled Michael back at Spurs Lodge. "We went in at half-time disappointed to be 2-0 down but we said to make sure we went out and scored the next goal.

"That's what it was all about at that stage because the pressure was probably more on them than us.

"We showed fighting spirit and at 2-2, I thought we'd go on to win it. Then Bobby Zamora made it 3-2 and I was thinking 'oh no' but when Berba scored the free-kick I thought 'come on' and then when I saw Paul Stalteri...

"I was following it all the way," added Michael of the winner. "I got to the half-way line thinking 'please, please' and when I got back in the changing room, I suddenly thought 'what was my celebration all about?', I actually ran all the way down to our fans, did a little slide and then realised I was on my own! I then went over to Paul.

"It meant that much to everyone, to us, to the supporters. We all remembered what happened last season and we went back this season and put in a winning performance. Credit to West Ham, but we fought back twice and winning games like that is fantastic."




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