Dawson: Tottenham must bounce back from West Ham defeat

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The north London club were put to the sword by their local rivals unexpectedly 3-0, and the England international defender has demanded a reaction from his side this weekend.

Tottenham’s positive early season momentum took a dent before the international break, with a shock home 3-0 defeat to local rivals West Ham disappointing the White Hart Lane faithful.

Andre Villas-Boas’ men travel to Villa Park this weekend to take on Aston Villa, and Michael Dawson has stated that his side are determined to getting back to winning ways.

"The first three days when I woke up my first thought was 'how did we lose that game?'" Dawson told the club's official website.

"We were all gutted. It was never a 3-0 game. Defensively, it was massive disappointment. Now we have to put it right.

"When you are winning, everything takes care of itself.

"But you have to earn the right to win. You can't just walk out there and do it.

"We will now look to go out and win against Villa. A loss like West Ham is always in the back of your mind but you have to move on. In football, you get the chance to do it."

Spurs recorded a 4-0 win over Villa in the Capital One Cup earlier in the season, but can expect a much tougher test this weekend. The hosts are likely to have key striker Christian Benteke back in contention and will be eager to add another top-six scalp to their list of achievements this term.

Paul Lambert’s men have already beaten Arsenal and Manchester City this season, and have proved that on their day they are a match for anyone. Benteke is rightly the side’s talisman and most dangerous attacking threat, but the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph and others have been in good form so far this term.

Tottenham have had the international break to dwell on the manner of their defeat to West Ham, and their result against Villa will be an indicator of just how serious they are about breaking back into the top four.

The top sides react when put under pressure or when they suffer a setback, and Spurs must do likewise on Sunday. Another defeat would really take the wind out of the club’s sails, while an away win could arguably move the side to the top of the table.

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