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The pundit - extra - Michael Dawson back at the Lane: 'You feel the togetherness'

Posted on 14 March 2017  - 16:45

Our legendary former skipper Michael Dawson was back at White Hart Lane in a non-playing capacity for the first time since his move to Hull City in 2014 as we toppled Millwall 6-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday.

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As well as enjoying an afternoon watching the team he played for over 300 times between 2005-2014, ‘Daws’ did a bit of punditry for BBC Radio. So while he was in analysis mode, we asked for his views on this current Spurs squad…

Michael Dawson

-    Joined Spurs from Forest, January 2005, debut at Anfield, April 2005
-    Made 324 appearances in all competitions
-    Captained the team in the Champions League, led us out v AC Milan in the San Siro
-    Has now played 84 times for Hull, captained them back to Premier League last season

Back at the Lane

Michael: “First of all, it was great to be back. It was the first time I’ve been back without playing commitments. I bumped into so many people I knew and the fans were great. It was nice to see everyone.”

Below: Michael in typically brave action against AC Milan at the San Siro

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Squad depth ‘incredible’

Michael: “I thought Spurs dominated from minute one and seeing it first-hand, the way the team passes the ball, the way they play, I love the way they are set-up with the two wing-backs. This time it was Davies and Trippier, it has been Walker and Rose. The big disappointment was obviously losing Harry Kane but to have Christian Eriksen to come off the bench and score the opener, a great finish, shows the depth of the squad is incredible - and that’s why Spurs are a top team.”

Below: Harry Winks joins Heung-Min Son after his first and our second goal against Millwall

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Impressed with Winks

Michael: “Tactically, it looks like the manager is sticking with three at the back. He played it occasionally earlier in the season but now we see it most weeks. That three at the back with Dier, Alderweireld and Vertonghen, well, Alderweireld was so much in control, it looked like he didn’t break sweat. Harry Winks did well again and he’s done brilliantly to break through this season. Full credit to him. I’m sure he’ll say a massive thanks to the manager for giving him that opportunity at such a young age.”

Below: Lads celebrate with Vincent Janssen

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Togetherness key

Michael: “The front three Dele Alli, Eriksen and Heung-Min Son were brilliant. I also liked the way that Son was looking for Vincent Janssen when he came on, even though he was on a hat-trick. That shows the togetherness of the team and it was there for all to see when Janssen scored, they were all delighted to see him get on the scoresheet. You can feel that togetherness at the club just by speaking to people at the stadium, the feeling that everyone is together. It’s a great club to be with at this moment in time.”