Monday, 13th December 2010

Harry Redknapp has hailed defender Michael Dawson as a key reason why Tottenham Hotspur grabbed a 1-1 draw against Chelsea yesterday. The White Hart Lane clash saw both sides threatening to win the game, and Dawson had to contend with the deadly attacking duo of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

Spurs took the lead through a well taken Roman Pavlyuchenko goal in the first half, but then keeper Heurelho Gomes spilled a powerful Drogba shot to give Chelsea a share of the spoils. The keeper somewhat redeemed himself later by saving a Drogba penalty to ensure Spurs would not be beaten. But it was Dawson who was singled out for special praise by Redknapp.

"Michael was outstanding", Redknapp told the club’s official site. "Younes Kaboul wasn’t fit, William Gallas injured a hamstring, so the only centre half we had apart from Sebastien Bassong was Michael.

"It’s his first week back [from injury] and I threw him in at the deep end. What a competitor, what a man. He’s fantastic."


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