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Dawson's week

Michael Dawson has reflected on a rollercoaster week that he'll never forget.

Michael Dawson has reflected on a rollercoaster week that he'll never forget.

It started with bitter disappointment at Wembley last Sunday as we lost 2-0 to Portsmouth in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Michael was hit harder than most - his slip on the playing surface allowed Pompey to open the scoring in the first half of extra time.

We had to follow that with our most important spell of matches in the Premier League - title contenders Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United back-to-back in the space of 10 days.

That crucial period kicked-off with derbies against the Gunners and Chelsea in the space of three days.

Few outside the club held much hope of recovering so quickly from Sunday's despair and therefore keeping our push for fourth place on track.

But we all know what happened next...

"This time last week we were preparing for three vitally important matches," said Michael after Saturday's win. "Sunday ended up being devastating at Wembley but we've followed up with two fantastic results against Arsenal and Chelsea.

"Sunday was the biggest low of the season by a long, long way. Monday and Tuesday were very hard. We then came here (White Hart Lane) to face Arsenal after 120 minutes at Wembley but the lads worked their socks off and got a great result.

"You just can't believe how football can turn around from being so low to so high in a few days. I got a bit excited and threw my shirt into the crowd, emotion just took over. It was a special night.

"We had a couple of days to recover from that before playing the leaders of the Premier League and we beat them as well.

"It's been a fantastic five days since Monday and we've gone back into fourth place, so everyone's happy.

"If you'd have said on Monday morning that we'd get six points against Arsenal and Chelsea it would have felt a bit unreal, but we've gone out and done just that."

We now chase a remarkable treble at Old Trafford on Saturday (12.45pm) while City face Arsenal at the Emirates.

"We go to United with no fear," added 'Daws'. "We'll play with confidence and hopefully we can come away with something."