Dawson impressed by Townsend

Last Updated: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:09

Tottenham captain Michael Dawson is impressed by how team-mate Andros Townsend has taken his whirlwind past fortnight in his stride.

Spurs winger Townsend catapulted himself to stardom this month with stunning performances in England's climactic World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

The 22-year-old had been a surprise selection by England boss Roy Hodgson after only breaking into the Spurs side this season.

Townsend ended last term on loan at relegated QPR but his rise to prominence since has been dramatic and he continued his fine form with a starring role in Spurs' win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

All eyes were on the new national hero at Villa Park, who has also - unwittingly - been caught up in a dressing-room controversy concerning Hodgson in the past week.

But he was not fazed by the attention, opening the scoring and then running Villa ragged with a devastating and inspirational attacking display in the 2-0 win.

Dawson said: "He has not changed, he is still the same player he was two weeks ago.

"He has just been in the media spotlight and he has taken it well.

"It was a top performance. He was man of the match and scored a goal. He is playing well and is full of confidence.

"He's carried on where he left off for England."

The win, capped by a breakaway second goal finished by Roberto Soldado, lifted Spurs to fifth in the Barclays Premier League.

It was a good response after excitement over their promising start to the season was tempered by a 3-0 defeat to West Ham a fortnight ago.

Central defender Dawson said: "We're glad to leave with three points and bounce back from the defeat against West Ham a couple of weeks ago.

"It was a long two weeks. It is always in the back of your mind."

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