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'You could sense it' - Daws

Posted on 5 October 2011  - 12:00

Michael Dawson said he sensed something special might happen in the split-second before Kyle Walker lashed home the winner against Arsenal on Sunday.

Michael Dawson said he sensed something special might happen in the split-second before Kyle Walker lashed home the winner against Arsenal on Sunday.

The full-back was in the right place at the right time in the 72nd minute to carve his niche in North London derby history.

Luka Modric's shot was blocked by Alex Song but the ever-dynamic Kyle raced forward to beat Gervinho to the loose ball and, barely changing stride, hammered a 30-yarder past Vojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal.

It was a goal worthy of winning any game and did just that to make it four-successive victories for us in the Premier League.

Michael watched the game from the bench and revealed that Danny Rose - who knows a thing or two about wonder goals against Arsenal after his volley in April, 2010 - immediately knew the goal was on.

"It was funny, I was sat on the bench with the lads and next to Danny Rose and as the ball came out to Kyle, before we knew what was going to happen, Danny said 'he's got this' and then bang, it's a goal," Michael recalls in his latest 'Dawson's Diary', published tomorrow.

"It was all in that split-second. Luka's shot was blocked by Song, Kyle got to the ball first and then it was one touch and bang, he didn't have time to think about it.

"Everyone was delighted for Kyle. He's had a great start to the season and as a defender, you don't always get the plaudits, but when you step up with a winning goal like that, he'll be a fans' hero from now on."