Michael Dawson has revealed his disappointment after Tottenham began their pre-season tour with a defeat, but the centre back is determined to make things right during their second outing.
Tottenham have been enjoying a training camp in South Africa, with the weeklong visit included two games against the country’s football giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
The first of those two games saw Spurs fall 1-0 thanks to a late goal from George Lebese. And, although Dawson knows these games are primarily for match-fitness, the defender was left frustrated by the defeat.
Speaking to the club’s official website he said: “We were all disappointed to lose against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday. No-one likes to lose football matches. It was a great work-out for us but unfortunately we conceded a late goal and that was that.”
The 27-year-old claims that Spurs were unlucky to have lost against the Johannesburg outfit, with the Glamour Boys' goalkeeper producing some world-class saves to maintain a clean sheet.
Harry Redknapp’s side will continue to train in South Africa before playing Orlando Pirates on Tuesday night. Dawson has cited that game as the perfect opportunity to make amends for the shock defeat.
He added: “We worked our socks off for 90 minutes, played some decent football, created chances and their goalkeeper managed to produce one or two world-class saves from Crouchy [Peter Crouch] and Gaz [Gareth Bale].
“Orlando Pirates are next for us on Tuesday night and believe me, we'll go into that game wanting to put things right.”