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Daws on...Daws

Michael Dawson smiled when asked about the one subject he doesn't like tackling - himself.

Michael Dawson smiled when asked about the one subject he doesn't like tackling - himself.

'Daws' has been outstanding in recent weeks, scoring in our fine performances at Villa and Everton, following up with arguably his best display in the 3-0 win against City and leading by example with the captain's armband in Saturday's 2-0 win at Blackburn.

His form has won the praise from team-mates and management alike.

Boss Harry Redknapp said: "Michael Dawson's been great and he and Sebastien Bassong have done ever so well - they defended for their lives at Blackburn."

"He's an unbelievable player, the defence give me so much confidence," said goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

Peter Crouch added: "Daws has been brilliant. He heads everything, tackles everything and throws himself in."

Told that everyone else had been singing his praises instead, Michael laughed again. "I don't really like talking about my own game, no," he said.

"I just like to keep doing what I'm doing and let everyone else do the talking.

"I try to keep things on the level and not get too carried away when things are going well, because it can all change so quickly. I'll concentrate on my form and just try to continue doing what I'm doing.

"When you are in a winning team it makes it that little easier. Everyone is doing well at the moment and we've had some goods results, two wins on the trot after Wolves and good points at Everton and Villa before that, plus Wigan not too long ago.

"Things are going well but we have to continue that in two tough games over Christmas."

The first of those fixtures - two London derbies - is a cracker against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Boxing Day (1pm) before West Ham at the Lane on December 28.

Fulham beat United 3-0 last weekend and Daws added: "It's always a tough place to go - as United found out on Saturday.

"They have players who all know their jobs and are a hard-working team. It's a busy schedule, two derbies in three days, but hopefully we'll get plenty of points."