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Michael Dawson admits it hurts being at the wrong end of the table - and insists it's down to the lads to put matters right.

Michael Dawson admits it hurts being at the wrong end of the table - and insists it's down to the lads to put matters right.

Daws led a sterling defensive display in the face of Bolton’s aerial bombardment in the 1-1 draw at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday but left disappointed after that work was undone by one of the many set-pieces that came flying into or box.

The draw left us in the bottom three. “You look at our performances and to be in the bottom three, you would think we would have been terrible, but that’s not been the case,” reflected Michael at Spurs Lodge as he prepared for tonight's (Wednesday September 25, 8pm) Carling Cup tie against Middlesbrough.

“The odd game hasn’t been great but we are in the bottom three for a reason.

“We know where we want to be, we know what we wanted to achieve at the start of the season and we are at the wrong end of the table. It’s early on but it’s still disappointing and hard to take. We’re the only ones who can get us out of it.”

Ivan Campo rose to head home that free-kick to level Robbie Keane’s opener in the first half.

We had the better of the second half but Jussi Jaaskelainen saved from Teemu Tainio and Keane and Steed Malbranque volleyed just over.

“You know what to expect at Bolton, a big physical team and I thought overall we played well,” continued Michael. “It was disappointing not to be able to hold onto the lead for long after going 1-0 up. That was most frustrating part of the game, going 1-0 up and then conceding so quickly afterwards.

“We work on set-pieces, we talk about them in meetings and we know what a crucial part of football they are in terms of winning and losing games.

“To concede hurts from personal point of view and team point of view. If you are cut open by a bit of quality you hold your hands up, there is nothing you can do, but it’s disappointing to concede from set-pieces.”

It looks like one familiar face will miss out on a return to the Lane as Mido is one of three strikers on Middlesbrough's injury list.

However, Michael insisted: “This game was never about about Mido or anyone else, this is about Tottenham and trying to get into the next round.”

Click here to buy tickets. Tottenham Hotspur vs Middlesbrough. Wednesday, September 26th, 2007, 8pm Kick-Off