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Full Nelsen

Michael Dawson had words of praise for Ryan Nelsen after his fellow central defender's full debut at Stevenage on Sunday.

Ryan, who joined us on transfer deadline day in January, didn't put a foot wrong as we fought out an FA Cup fifth round stalemate at the Lamex Stadium.

He lined-up in a new three-man central defence alongside Michael and Younes Kaboul as Harry Redknapp employed wing-backs in a 5-3-2 system.

Ryan won every aerial duel and was there when needed when Stevenage threatened in the second half, alert to follow in and clear the rebound after Carlo Cudicini spilled Joel Byrom's shot.

"I thought Ryan was fantastic," said Michael, who captained the side at Stevenage.

"We changed the formation a little, played myself, Younes and Ryan, he played in the middle and he was outstanding.

"He won everything in the air, was strong and played really well. He showed all his experience in what was a real test for us against a big, physical team."

Look out for Michael's full thoughts in Dawson's Diary on Spurs Xtra tomorrow - plus Ryan reflects on his debut here on tottenhamhotspur.com.

We'll also have the post-match views of Michael, Ryan, Louis Saha and Danny Rose on Spurs TV Online.