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Daws on the draws

Michael Dawson admitted Sunday's draw at Everton 'felt like a defeat'.

Michael Dawson admitted Sunday's draw at Everton 'felt like a defeat'.

The in-form central defender looked to have wrapped up the points when he headed home Niko Kranjcar's corner for a 2-0 lead on the hour at Goodison Park.

But Everton hit back in the 78th minute and then laid siege our goal, eventually equalising through Tim Cahill with four minutes remaining.

There was still another twist though as Wilson Palacios was fouled the penalty area in injury time only for Tim Howard to block Jermain Defoe's spot kick as it stayed 2-2.

"It's hard to take but we'll pick ourselves up again and that's what you have to do," reflected Michael.

"You can't mope around - we're still fourth in the league and we'll now look forward to Wolves on Saturday.

"After 75 minutes it was all rosy but then bang, Everton scored and all of a sudden we were on the back foot. When we got the penalty we were all thinking we could end up winning the game anyway but it wasn't to be.

"We should have come away with all three points, it's disappointing, but you have to give credit to Everton as well."

Michael added that two points feels like scant reward from excellent performances at Villa and Everton but that there were contrasting emotions about the two results.

"We can take more positives out of the Villa game and the second half performance after being 1-0 down away from home and coming back the way we did," he reasoned. "The second half there was top-quality and we took so many positives out of it.

"To be 2-0 up, comfortable and then draw at Everton was obviously very disappointing."