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Michael Dawson taunted at Tottenham training ground after FIFA 13 thrashing

VIDEO: L-plates for Dawson as Tottenham team-mates taunt defender at training ground

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UPDATED:

15:27 GMT, 4 December 2012

It's been a frustrating season for Michael Dawson so far. He has made only 11 appearances and limped off injured at the weekend with a hamstring problem during last weekend's 3-0 Barclays Premier League win at Fulham.

And to compound his misery, the England defender became the butt of all jokes at the Tottenham training ground after he suffered humiliation at the hands of his team-mates.

Game for a laugh: Michael Dawson loses 5-0 at FIFA 13 to team-mate Tom Huddlestone at Tottenham's training ground

Game for a laugh: Michael Dawson loses 5-0 at FIFA 13 to team-mate Tom Huddlestone at Tottenham's training ground

Dawson, 29, competed against midfielder Tom Huddlestone, full-back Kyle Naughton and youngster Thomas Carroll in a four-man FIFA 13 tournament.

But he was forced to endure the ignominy of being handed L-plates after he was thrashed 5-0 to eventual winner Huddlestone.

'I was horrendous,' said Dawson.

All smiles: Huddlestone revels in his success alongside Kyle Naughton (L), Dawson and Thomas Carroll (R)

All smiles: Huddlestone revels in his success alongside Kyle Naughton (L), Dawson and Thomas Carroll (R)

'Unfortunately I got beat 5-0. But I was rather happy keeping it down to five. Tom [Huddlestone] thought he was going to beat me by a lot more!

Huddlestone, who was crowned Tottenham's champion after beating Naughton in the final, added: 'I play it quite a bit at home with my friends to be fair, which probably helped me win.

A Premier League footballer spending his spare time playing video games. Who would have thought it…

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Kevin Nolan: How I rescued Andy Carroll

Nolan: How I rescued Carroll and put him on the right path

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UPDATED:

23:51 GMT, 10 November 2012

Andy Carroll's chief concern is to score his first goal for West Ham but his team-mate, Kevin Nolan, remembers a time when such on-field problems were mere trivialities.

A time when, as a star in the making with Sunday's opponents Newcastle, he needed saving from himself and from the paradox that is Geordie adulation.

Old boys: Former Newcastle duo Andrew Carroll (right) and Kevin Nolan set to return with West Ham

Old boys: Former Newcastle duo Andrew Carroll (right) and Kevin Nolan set to return with West Ham

The 21-year-old home-town hero was self-destructing and it was at then Newcastle skipper Nolan's door – literally – that the problem was dumped in October 2010.

Carroll was charged with assaulting an ex-girlfriend and to secure bail he needed a place of residence instead of living in a hotel awaiting a house purchase. Nolan answered the SOS.

A combination of Carroll's cooking, Nolan's guidance and the unlikeliest of calming figures – Joey Barton – got the tyro back on the right path.

While happy to laugh off his saviour status, Nolan knows only too well the deadly serious role he played in the rescue mission.

'You can write that if you want, “Nolan saves him!” ' he said. 'I just said to him, and he knew himself, that he had got to keep out of them situations.

'At Newcastle when something goes on, it gets exploded 10 times over and with Andy up there it was magnified a thousand times. It was just because it was him, he's a 6ft 5in lad who's got long hair and stands out.

'He'd been brilliant for Newcastle for 15 months, he was the local boy, everything he did was magnified. You'd have to ask Andy if I'd had an influence on it. Of course I'm going to say yes. As a group we had a committee-type of experienced pros with myself, Joey, Alan Smith, Steve Harper, all different backgrounds, voices and opinions.

Hard going: Carroll is still searching for his first West Ham goal

Hard going: Carroll is still searching for his first West Ham goal

'The togetherness of the squad and what we were all like at that time helped Andy dramatically. He bought into it massively and he excelled and he's gone on since and I think he'll just even get better and do better things.'

The recipe for turning a boy into a man was all cooked up in Nolan's kitchen.

'I said he could stay, I cleared it with the missus, of course, first,' added Nolan. 'She was down in Liverpool a lot of the time so we were like room-mates. He was a pretty good cook. Pasta with tomatoes, chicken, things like that.

'Since then he has learned so much. There is a different lad standing in that dressing room now. There is a man who can look after himself and does the right things on a daily basis.'

Carroll, 23, will need the thickest of skins to emerge unscathed from what is a fixture laced with potential animosity. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has always felt harshly done to regarding his rapid dismissal after eight months in charge of Newcastle.

Carroll is yet to score for West Ham but his last trip back to St James' Park, with parent club Liverpool, ended with the frontman being booked for diving before storming off after being substituted.

Nolan said: 'I am hoping I'll get quite a good reception, I'm sure Andy will get the worst one. I've got a lot of good friends there and I'm looking forward to going back and saying goodbyes to people I didn't have the chance to.

'Once one goes in for Andy, hopefully on Sunday, I am sure they will come. It would be a great time to score in front of the club he has loved since he was a kid.'

Carroll's goal-shy start to life in east London is in stark contrast to Nolan, who has picked up where he left off in the Premier League by scoring four times in 10 games.

And the West Ham midfielder, 30, admits he is angered about never having secured an England cap, especially in a week which saw 31-year-old Leon Osman get a call-up.

'Obviously, when you see Leon Osman, who I'm delighted for, getting a call-up it does tell you not to give up hope but I don't know how much more I could do,' he said. 'It does hurt that I haven't got one. I think I have deserved at least a call-up and a chance to prove myself at that level whether it be at Bolton, Newcastle and even now.

'A former England manager said if he knew everything I was about before he was England manager, he definitely would have called me up, which was nice to hear. But then I sort of wanted to strangle him!'

Andre Villas-Boas was pleased with Tottenham"s hard fought win at Southampton

We earned our Spurs: Villas-Boas delighted as Tottenham hold out for away win

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UPDATED:

19:27 GMT, 28 October 2012

Manager Andre Villas-Boas was pleased by the desire Tottenham showed to hold on to what proved a hard-fought three points at Southampton.

Spurs dominated first-half proceedings at St Mary's and deservedly went ahead after 15 minutes courtesy of a Gareth Bale header.

Clint Dempsey doubled the north Londoners' advantage six minutes before the half-time break, which Southampton returned from reinvigorated.

All smiles: Andre Villas Boas and Gareth Bale celebrate the win

All smiles: Andre Villas Boas and Gareth Bale celebrate the win

Jay Rodriguez reduced the deficit but Saints were unable to find an elusive leveller as Tottenham held on for a victory Villas-Boas dedicated to football administrator Alex Carroll following the death of his mother.

'He is a person that represents a lot to the team so we wish him the best and hope he recovers from his great loss,' the Tottenham manager said.

'Obviously I am happy for what we did in the game and certainly it was a good first half. We kept the ball well, managed to create lots of opportunities and always looked in control of the game.

Winning away: Bale celebrates with Jermain Defoe and Kyle Walker

Winning away: Bale celebrates with Jermain Defoe and Kyle Walker

'I am extremely happy for that and what we spoke about at half-time was that only a 3-0 scoreline would put a game like this to bed because Southampton had nothing to lose.

'They came out very, very strongly in the second half. As soon as they scored, the game changes and makes it more difficult.

'It was very, very similar to the game we played at Old Trafford when we had an extremely good first half in terms of keeping the ball and playing.

'But in the second half we showed that desire to defend and hold onto the result.'
It was a quick turnaround for Tottenham, who were involved in a tough 1-1 Europa League draw at NK Maribor on Thursday.

'We came back late from our trip against Maribor,' Villas-Boas said.

Extending the lead: Clint Dempsey makes it 2-0 to Spurs

Extending the lead: Clint Dempsey makes it 2-0 to Spurs

'We arrived at 2am in the morning, had two days to recover to play a game like this.

'It required big physical capability and the players really put in the effort.

'It shows a good example of the possibility that you have to play in the Europa League, be available for the Premier League and still be able to win games.'

Bale was one of several players not travel to Slovenia, although it was the birth of his first child rather than injury that saw him remain at home.

The Wales international returned to the fold today against the side he began his career with and impressed in the first half at his old stomping ground.

Making it count: Dempsey puts the result beyond doubt

Making it count: Dempsey puts the result beyond doubt

'I am extremely happy for him,' Villas-Boas said. 'He is a massive player for the team.
'He is a player that can make a different with small opportunities.

'He certainly did that today and scored. It was good for him to be back on the scoresheet.

'He is certainly someone we rate very, very highly and can go all the way to becoming one of the best.'

Sunday's result moves Tottenham up to fourth but leaves Saints with just four points to show from their opening nine matches.

'The second half was very good,' Southampton manager Nigel Adkins said.

Finding it tough: Nigel Adkins has yet to see his side win in the Premier League this season

Finding it tough: Nigel Adkins has yet to see his side win in the Premier League this season

'We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game and what we did in the second half we actually wanted to do in the first.

'Let's give Spurs a little bit of credit because they slowed the game down very well from that point of view.

'They passed the ball and I think we had good possession of the football up until the final third, but just could not find a breakthrough.

'That is something we spoke about at half-time but in the second half it was a good performance from the players.'

As well as defeat, another negative point was an apparent altercation between Artur Boruc, making his home debut, and the Southampton support after Spurs' second goal.

'Pass, I am totally unaware of it,' Adkins said. 'I am not aware of any incident going on.'

Spurs fury as Liverpool"s Charlie Adam crocks Gareth Bale again

AVB fury at 'nasty' Adam as Liverpool midfielder crocks Spurs ace Bale again

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UPDATED:

22:24 GMT, 28 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Andre-Villas Boas has
slammed Charlie Adam and
demanded the Liverpool midfielder
apologise for his
X-rated tackle on Gareth Bale.

The Tottenham midfielder's
fitness was plunged into question
again in Baltimore
when he was chopped
down by Adam, whose studs
were showing, 19 minutes into
their pre-season friendly.

Knock: Gareth Bale suffered a heavy tackle by Charlie Adam and was substituted at half-time

Knock: Gareth Bale suffered a heavy tackle by Charlie Adam and was substituted at half-time

Knock: Gareth Bale suffered a heavy tackle by Charlie Adam and was substituted at half-time

MATCH FACTS

Liverpool (4-3-3): Jones (Gulacsi 46) Flanagan (Wisdom 46), Carragher (Wilson 61), Skrtel, Enrique (Robinson 61); Spearing (Lucas 61), Adam (Henderson 46), Shelvey (Gerrard 61), Cole (Borini 61), Downing (Sterling 46) Morgan (Ecclestone 46, A Carroll 70)

Booked: Gerrard

Tottenham (4-5-1): Friedel, Naughton (Bassong 61), Gallas (Vertonghen 75), Kaboul (Dawson 61), Assou-Ekotto (Walker 46); Lennon (T Carroll 67), Jenas (Smith 82), Livermore (Huddlestone 61), Sigurdsson (Bentley 61), Bale (Townsend 46); Kane

Booked: Bassong

Attendance: 42, 273

Bale, who was forced to pull out of Team GB's Olympic bid because of a back problem, left the M & T Stadium with his left ankle in a protective boot and Villas-Boas was enraged by Adam's challenge.

He walked down the tunnel with the Scotland international, who was not booked by referee Jose Carlos Rivero, at half-time and did not spare his criticism later. Had this been a Barclays Premier League game, Adam would almost certainly have been carded.

'I think it is a very nasty challenge from Charlie,' said Villas-Boas.

'Charlie came to me and said something about the challenge. I can accept, but I think he should go to the player to say sorry. If he [Bale] escapes hospital, it is because he is very lucky. I can never doubt Charlie's integrity but it is a very, very nasty challenge. Gareth is not OK. He's so-so. His ankle is extremely painful and twisted.'

Hacked away: Benoit Assou-Ekotto clears the ball from Stewart Downing

Hacked away: Benoit Assou-Ekotto clears the ball from Stewart Downing

Bale and Adam have been
involved in controversy
before. When Adam was playing
for Blackpool in 2011 at
White Hart Lane, his poor
tackle left Bale sidelined for
three months with ankle
ligament damage.

Adam was
not cautioned and avoided an
FA charge but he was then
sent off at Spurs in Liverpool's
4-0 defeat last season.

Asked whether the Scot
should have been red-carded
again last night, Villas-Boas
added: 'It is a difficult one, to
be fair. You do not want to end
up in a game with Liverpool
with 10 men. But he comes in
from behind on Gareth's ankle
when the player is gone.

Fancy seeing you here: Brendan Rodgers and Andre Villas-Boas

Fancy seeing you here: Brendan Rodgers and Andre Villas-Boas

'I did not know the history
between the two. I know now.
The last time he was out for
three months and in the end it
is the Premier League who
suffer without a player of
Bale's talent.'

Bale spent the remainder of
the first half moving gingerly.
He did, though, create the
best opportunity, when his
right-footed cross found Aaron Lennon but the winger hit a post from three yards.

Gripping affair Jake Livermore grabs Charlie Adam

Gripping affair Jake Livermore grabs Charlie Adam

The second period was disrupted
by substitutions, which
included the introduction of
Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll
and Liverpool's new 11million
signing Fabio Borini.

Villas-Boas, meanwhile, confirmed
that Steven Pienaar is
close to joining Everton after
the clubs agreed a fee.

Thump: Martin Skrtl smashes the ball away

Thump: Martin Skrtl smashes the ball away

Spurs winger Andros Townsend has training ground strop

Spurs winger Townsend puts his foot in it with training ground strop

Tottenham”s Andros Townsend is likely to leave in January after a training ground strop.

Sportsmail understands Townsend, whois unhappy with his lack of first-team action, was involved in a row with a team-mate during a training match last Saturday.

Bust-up: Andros Townsend

Bust-up: Andros Townsend

Townsend was told to head back to the training ground to cool down.

He obliged, but not before kicking over a bin.

Tottenham youngsters Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll have signed new contracts to keep them at the club until 2016.