'We are all pulling in the same direction' - Dawson backs Villas-Boas

The 30-year-old defender admits Tottenham's 6-0 defeat to Manchester City was the worst of his Spurs career but maintains that the north London side are on course for success
Michael Dawson has lent his support to Andre Villas-Boas following Tottenham's 6-0 loss to Manchester City.

Spurs’ heavy defeat at the Etihad Stadium left them ninth in the Premier League table, with manager Andre Villas-Boas consequently falling under mounting pressure.

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But Dawson insists the Tottenham squad are all pulling in the same direction as their coach – and that Sunday’s game with Manchester United is their sole focus.

"We’ve had the hurt and humiliation of City but we’ve got to move on now," Dawson told the Daily Mail. “It’s still there but there’s no moping around.  It’s preparing for the game [against Manchester United] and hopefully putting things right.

"We’re all pulling in the same direction. We all want the same things. The manager’s 36 and he wants to be successful, like we do as players, and he wants to lead us to that success.

"Losing any match is hard but to get humiliated — and that’s how it felt — it was my worst day in a Tottenham shirt. You can’t describe how you feel after losing like that.

"We know we’ve got to go out there and perform —and we’ve got to do it better than we did it last Sunday. I usually watch Match of the Day but I couldn’t last week. You can’t enjoy that."

The 30-year-old also spoke of the importance of facing Manchester United as a standalone fixture, describing it as one of the biggest of the season.

"It’s obviously one of the first games you look for," Dawson explained. "It’s no different now and they’re the champions.

"Last year we had two big results against them — 3-2 at Old Trafford, the first time we’d won there since 1989 — and we took the draw here with a late goal from Clint Dempsey, so we’ll be preparing for this one the same as we did last year."

Despite the failure of several high-profile signings to hit the ground running, most notably attacking duo Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, Dawson believes Spurs are still on course for a strong season in all competitions.

"We spent heavily and, six weeks ago, everyone was talking about how well we’d started with all the players we’ve brought in, how we’d gelled so quickly," he added.

"Now we’ve had a few bad results, everyone’s saying otherwise. You can’t get carried away when things are going great and also on the other side when things aren’t going so great.

"At the start of the season our aim was to be in the Champions League and to win a trophy. Things haven’t changed just because we’ve lost heavily to Man City. We still believe we can finish in the top four.

“We’ve got West Ham in the Capital One Cup — a trophy we want to do well in — and we’ve qualified for the Europa League, so we’re still fighting in all competitions."