Monday, 28th April, 2014

Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson has hailed his side’s character during their 1-0 win over Stoke City at the weekend.

Spurs dominated proceedings in the first half at the Britannia Stadium and deservedly took the lead in the 33th minute through Danny Rose.

Tim Sherwood’s side received a further boost at the start of the second-half, when Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross received his marching orders for a second bookable foul.

However, the Potters had a real go in search of an equaliser, but Tottenham stood strong and did not wilt under the pressure.


And Dawson, who made his first start for Tottenham since 8th March, was really impressed with his side’s defensive display in the second period.

“I thought we dominated in the first half and played very well”, the centre-back told his club’s official site.

“In the second half when they went down to 10 men, you’d like to think we’d dominate again, but it doesn’t work that way at Stoke.

“We didn’t pass it like we normally do and they pushed on. They had the momentum but we dug deep and showed another side (to our game). You have to do that at Stoke. They don’t give up.

“I thought they had a real go at the end of the game which was always going to happen, 1-0 down at home, but we stood strong.”

Tottenham, who consolidated sixth place with the win, are now on 66 points from 36 matches.

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