Football - Dawson's derby delight

Michael Dawson described Tottenham's win over north London rivals Arsenal as "massive" following their 2-1 success at White Hart Lane.

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The win saw Tottenham jump above Chelsea into third and open up a seven-point gap between themselves and the Gunners.

Gareth Bale's 16th league goal of the season put Spurs one up after 38 minutes, before Aaron Lennon doubled their lead two minutes later.

Per Mertesacker's 51st-minute header, which took a huge deflection off Bale, brought Arsenal back into the game but Spurs held on, much to Dawson's delight.

"It's massive to go seven points clear, in a north London derby, to get three points is massive but we have a long way to go, but it is a good day," Dawson said on Sky Sports 1.

"We have a great squad and we showed that.

"It probably wasn't our best performance. We didn't keep the ball like we know we can but showed great determination and we got the three points we deserved.

"We want to be back in the Champions League. I think we showed that in the celebrations after. The fans will go home happy and have the bragging rights at work tomorrow."

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