Michael Dawson: 'We have to be ready for Leeds United'

Dawson aware of Leeds threat
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Michael Dawson believes that a below-par performance against Leeds United will end Tottenham Hotspur's FA Cup ambitions.

Michael Dawson has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur will have to be at the top of their game when they face Leeds united in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Spurs travel to Elland Road as the overwhelming favourites in the fourth-round tie, but Dawson believes that their opponents have the quality to hurt Andre Villas-Boas's side.

"Leeds is a great place to play football and I'm sure Elland Road will be rocking again on Sunday," the centre-back told the club's official website.

"Neil Warnock always gets his teams right up for matches, it will be a sell-out, the fans will be right behind them and the atmosphere will be brilliant. We have to be ready, and I'm sure we will be.

"Leeds have some top players, they are doing well in the Championship and this is a one-off game. If we're not at the races, we'll come unstuck. We have to be professional, do the job and try to get through to the next round."

Luciano Becchio has dealt Leeds a blow ahead of the clash by handing in a transfer request.

Leeds United's Luciano Becchio celebrates after scoring against Chelsea in the League Cup on December 19, 2012
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