Tottenham defender Michael Dawson right behind captain Robbie Keane

10 February 2009 11:07
Michael Dawson is backing Robbie Keane to lead Tottenham

to Premier League survival.

Irishman Keane returned to White Hart Lane from Liverpool last week and was named captain for the goalless draw with derby rivals Arsenal.

With club captain Ledley King unable to play matches in quick succession, Keane is likley to have plenty of opportunities to wear the armband.

Leader: Dawson (right) was impressed by Keane

Jonathan Woodgate and Jermaine Jenas have been previous vice-captains and Dawson himself has also been named as skipper for a match during the campaign.

The defender said: 'I believe whoever leads us out leads by example and Robbie did that.

'But when you cross that line there are 11 players out and everyone has to lead by example.

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'You know that Keano is very vocal and he encourages people if they need to betold.'

A point against Arsenal means Spurs are still in 15th place in the Barclays Premier League, although they were encouraged by the home debut of £14million midfielder Wilson Palacios.

'Wilson was fantastic,' Dawson said. 'I stood behind him and he took a lot of pressure off us. He was winning balls and they were not really getting to us too often. That was down to Wilson and the rest of the boys in midfield.'

Keane, despite failing to mark his second debut with a goal, was pleased withhis arrival leading to a clean sheet, their first since Boxing Day.

'We can build on this,' he said. 'Considering the position we're in, it's important that we get amongst teams, and the only way we're going to do that is by starting on the front foot.'

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Source: Daily_Mail