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Good sign - Daws

Michael Dawson felt the Boxing Day win at Villa with 10 men for over an hour spoke volumes for the spirit in the squad.

The team went down to 10 men after just 28 minutes when Jermain Defoe received a straight red card after an aerial challenge with James Collins.

We were already 1-0 up by then after Rafael van der Vaart slotted home Alan Hutton's cross.

The 10 men stayed in control for the rest of the first half and then broke away to score a memorable second goal midway through the second half.

Rafa released Gareth Bale, who carried the ball fully 70 yards before finding Aaron Lennon, he then rolled back for the Dutch star to find the bottom corner for 2-0.

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