Dawson happy to take a point

The north London derby at White Hart Lane was a pulsating affair

which ended 3-3. The Gunners led 3-2 at half-time as Theo Walcott,

Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie netted for them, with Rafael van

der Vaart replying for the home side before Tom Huddlestone’s

20-yard rocket cut the deficit to one. A 70th-minute penalty from

Van der Vaart ensured Spurs picked up a point, meaning Arsenal drop

to third, six points behind leaders Manchester United. And Dawson

said: “After going 3-1 down we’ve got to be happy with that. “We

had a few chances in the second half and maybe could have won it,

but credit to the lads for showing fire and determination. “Going a

goal down so early in a local derby is never good but Tom scored a

wonder-goal to get us back in the game and we got the penalty –

we’re happy enough.” On their prospects of playing Champions League

football next season, the defender added on Sky Sports: “There are

six more big games to go and we are still in with a great chance,

so we’ll keep going until the end.” Van Der Vaart added: “It was a

great game. We played a great game and Arsenal are one of the best

teams in the league so at the end we can be happy with 3-3. “It was

an open game, both teams wanted to win. There was space to play,

that’s why it was a great game. “We had a few good chances and we

could have maybe won, but at the end it’s a fair result.”