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City vs Spurs - Daws feeling confident

21 November 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Michael Dawson expects Manchester City to be equally as determined as we are to bounce back to winning ways on Sunday.

Our last Premier League outing before the international break ended in disappointment as Newcastle United left White Hart Lane with all three points following their narrow 1-0 victory.

But City were also left smarting after crashing against a side from the north east – they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Sunderland.

And club captain Daws, who will register his 300th appearance in our colours if selected at the Etihad, knows City will be eager to continue their fine home record as we head north at the weekend.

“They are on the back of a disappointing result in their last match in the Premier League – the same as us,” said Daws. “We’ll go there and look to get back to winning ways. It’s a tough game, a big game and one I’m sure both teams, both sets of fans and the neutrals are all looking forward to.”

That said, our inspirational centre-half believes our own fantastic form on the road this term means Manuel Pellegrini’s side won’t have it all their own way on Sunday.

“Our away form has been great this season as well,” the 30-year-old added. “Okay, we go there on the back of a big disappointment against Newcastle – that was tough to take.  But we can be confident.”

Clashes between Spurs and City have taken on added spice in recent years as both sides have become established as regular contenders at the top of the table.

Our visit to City in January, 2012, ended in late heartbreak after a 93rd minute penalty by Mario Balotelli condemned us to a 3-2 defeat, while last season’s trip to the Etihad was also settled by a late winner for the hosts, Edin Dzeko securing a 2-1 scoreline in City’s favour.

“It’s always a tough place to go,” reflected Daws as he looked ahead to City and the busy period ahead. “We were unlucky on their ground last season and the year before. Over the last few years we’ve played well there.

“We’ve a busy schedule in December. We’ll all work hard and hopefully we’ll get the results to have a positive December and a good Christmas.”