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  • Did anybody else also think that Dawson had an immense game?
    I only recall him missing one aerial battle all night. IMHO the M-o-t-M was between him and Krancjar. Lennon started slow and then got going - but Daws was consistent all night, and his distribution was excellent as well.

    To reduce City to a few not even half chances (ignoring the late Adebayor miss) just shows how well the back four played.

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    • Dawson.......couldn't agree more John.For me Dawson has come of age.soild and a leader.MOTM yes......though you could pick out 9 others too for their contribution......who have I left out? Corluka......not impressed by him.seems he has trouble controlling the easiest of balls.Great result!!!!!! COYS

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      • ***SMUG MOMENT COMING***

        What did I say? Haven't I backed Dawson for a long time now? His problem has been he's not been getting the starts, not his ability once he does, which I think he's proved now. Being picked inconsistently has meant his form's been inconsistent, which is why I hoped he'd recover from injury before Woody (so he had a chance to prove himself).

        I'm repeating myself here, but do you remember when he was playing with the likes of Gardner? He was outstanding then, and completely owned the defense. I think it's playing with Woody (and others) which has knocked his performance; he was playing out of his skin, then someone else came in meaning he was unsure of his standing in the team, whether he'd even be kept, and I can imagine him & Woodgate not getting on personality-wise which would make an immediate partnership harder...

        I hope he remains first choice for a while, to help build his confidence and establish his playing style etc. And because I think he's more consistent than Woodgate.

    • John, Dawson was magnificent last night to me he was the man of the match, also thought Kranjcar was immense for us, Lennon looked really sharp with good link up play, i also think everybody put in a shift last night and i was also pleased to see our fans back on song with great vocal support.
      Personally i think it was our best performance alongside the opening game with Liverpool, we were subdued for around 25 minutes but we were superb for the last 15 minutes of the first half.
      We also have to give great credit to Gomez i think he has been superb for us and last night hardly anything to do but when called on 2 great saves.
      I was on this thread Saturday saying how dissapointing we were against Wolves but what a difference a few days make back in the hunt, if we had have lost last night i think we could of wiltered but we were confident last night and my drive home last night was more enjoyable than Saturday i can tell you.
      Going back to your point John on Mr Dawsons performance last night he should and could be in contention for the plane to South Africa, Cappello could do worse than take him even if he is a squad player, he read the game so well and they originally said he could only play when Ledley played, so Ledley could talk him through the game. When he wears the arm band im sure it makes him a much more mature player and even when Woody and King are back i dont think either one of them will be first choice.
      Where do we play Modric is now the question, you must play him but who makes way, after last night we could not possibly drop Kranjcar do we jig the midfield drop Huddleston and push Modric up behind the front 2, its a good situation to have lets see what Harry does.

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      • Funny isn't it, after the shambles against Wolves the predictions for the Citeh game were mostly a draw, possible a 1-0 but most thought we would let a couple in at least. Lovely being wrong in these situations isn't it!!

        Dawson had a good game no doubt but he could easily have had problems with a couple of late dodgy tackles. BAE suddenly got stuck in rather than ducking out of tackles and they all did really well handling Adebayor - wasn't he quiet! - and Tevez had to go deeper and deeper just to get a kick!

        Still think Hudd was not good - ok at best. For me when Modric is fit it should be Hudd that gets splinters in his butt for a while and let Modric play in front of Palicios.