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CASE FOR THE DEFENCE

Michael Dawson was pleased with Saturday’s defensive performance against Middlesbrough, even though it did not result in all three points.

Michael Dawson was pleased with Saturday’s defensive performance against Middlesbrough, even though it did not result in all three points.

‘Daws’ was at his best alongside Jonathan Woodgate in-front of watching England Head Coach Fabio Capello as we resisted great late pressure from our visitors.

But Stewart Downing’s 69th minute strike from the edge of the box is all that got past an overall solid Spurs rearguard action.

Michael said: “It’s disappointing conceding any goal from a defender’s point of view because you always want to keep clean sheets, but it was a long range shot that hit us at the end of the day.

“I thought we played well in the first half and the second half was a bit disappointing. Having gone into the break 1-0 up, we were hoping to build on that, but it wasn’t to be.

“I think you’ve got to give credit to Boro but we didn’t play as well as we know we can, even though we dug deep and got a point.”

‘Daws’ also praised his central defensive partner Woodgate and hopes he can soon join him in the England squad.

He added: “Woody’s a great player and he’s been fantastic since he arrived. He’s been a great signing for the Club.

“I’ve been hoping to get my first England cap for a long time, but all I can do is keep playing well for Spurs and put in good performances.”

COMING SOON - An exclusive interview with Michael Dawson on Spurs TV Online.

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