Tottenham defender Michael Dawson says the club is buzzing over festive wins against Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

Dawson's return from injury has coincided with an exciting run of results for Spurs.

"Those wins were massive for us," he told the club's website.

"Going down to 10 men so early at Villa on Boxing Day was disappointing but we showed a different side to the team.

"We normally have a lot of possession and play our football and we did that at the start of the game but we went down to 10 men and then had to dig in as a team in the second half.

"We had to be strong and that went throughout the team with Luka, Wilson, Gaz (Gareth Bale) and Azza (Aaron Lennon) all working their socks off and Rafa running the lines up front on his own

"Defensively, we had to head everything away and get our blocks in and we did it again in the second half against Newcastle. It was great to win both of those matches."

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