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Michael Dawson has revealed other results were far from the players’ minds as we chalked up a vital 2-1 home win over Manchester City on Sunday.
Michael Dawson has revealed other results were far from the players’ minds as we chalked up a vital 2-1 home win over Manchester City on Sunday.Victories for Middlesbrough and Bolton on the same day would have seen us slip into the bottom three had we faltered against Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men.
But instead, Jermain Defoe’s 83rd minute winner has seen us drag ourselves up to 13th in the league table going into two tough away games against Portsmouth and Arsenal.
‘Daws’ put in another committed performance at the back to help seal the points, and he said: “It’s not about anyone else at the end of the day – it’s about us.
“If we win games, it’s going to be no problem, but at this moment in time we’re not in a good position, so to get a win against City was a good result for us.
“They’re a good team, and they came at us. We’re a good team, but we’re not playing as well as we know we can and maybe not getting that little bit of luck we deserve. It was a fantastic result for us and we’re happy.
“Portsmouth on Saturday is a tough game and then we’ve got Arsenal, so it was a win we needed going into those games, and it has obviously helped us climb up the table as well.”
‘Daws’ has also recognised the importance of us not letting our heads drop on Sunday after Rolando Bianchi had cancelled out Pascal Chimbonda’s opener.
He added: “One thing the gaffer keeps pointing out is to not look at the scoreboard. We’ve just got to keep playing the same way whether we’re 1-0 up or 1-0 down, that’s what he keeps drilling into us.
“So when it was 1-1 we just kept going and believing in ourselves, and then Jermain got the winner.”