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Dawson eyes league boost
09 Nov 2007 - 10:39:36
Tottenham defender Michael Dawson hopes Thursday's UEFA Cup victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv can kick-start their disappointing season.
Spurs' first three points of their European campaign after an opening group game defeat by Getafe - secured with goals from Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov - moved them up to second place in Group G.
But Dawson believes their first win in nine matches outside of the Carling Cup is the ideal preparation for Sunday's Premier League showdown with fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic.
Spurs, who appointed Juande Ramos as Martin Jol's replacement in the managerial hot-seat two weeks ago, are currently 17th in the table after winning just one league match all season.
"Of course it was a disappointing performance from us at home at Getafe and we knew we had to come here and get the three points we needed," he told the club's official website.
"Results have picked up. It would have been better if we had held on to a 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough on Saturday, but it wasn't to be.
"It is now two wins in the cups and a draw in the league, so hopefully we will build on it on Sunday. It is great because with the amount of games we've got you can quickly put work from the training ground into games.
"We're working hard with the new coaching staff, they are still looking at us and it is a case of putting in performances.
"It's winning matches that really counts and we need to climb up that table."