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Lynch hails midfield trio as Spurs Ladies complete league double over Swindon Town

14:50 29 November 2016

Tottenham goalkeeper Megen Lynch stops the ball from flying into the top corner of her net against Swindon Town on Sunday. Picture: James Booth/yoursportswindon.co.uk

Tottenham goalkeeper Megen Lynch stops the ball from flying into the top corner of her net against Swindon Town on Sunday. Picture: James Booth/yoursportswindon.co.uk

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Goalkeeper Megen Lynch hailed Spurs Ladies’ midfield trio for their “perfect combination” of defensive and creative work after the Lilywhites completed a league double over Swindon Town.

Karen Hills’ side triumphed 4-1 against Swindon in their opening game of the season and they scored four times again in Sunday’s encounter, while keeping a clean sheet.

Tottenham have now won their last 10 successive games in all competitions, while they remain unbeaten in the Women’s Premier League Southern Division.

It leaves them top of the table with a game in hand over second-placed Charlton Athletic, and Lynch – who has secured shut-outs in her last two games – was full of praise for the midfielders’ work in the latest success against Swindon.

“It was a good performance - gritty, hard-fought,” she said. “We were so strong in the middle. For such small girls they are some dynamite players that can just hold someone off, which is just unbelievable.

“If you have a midfield trio that can press the ball and play then you have a perfect combination, and we have that.

“They drive the team on, they win their battles in the middle and, in a gritty game like this, they win us the game. Personally, for me, those three were fantastic – Sophie [Mclean], Maya [Vio] and Ri (Riana Soobadoo).

“Our quality in passing showed through at the end. We want to attack, we want to score goals – we just want the best. We play at a fast pace, we play quick football and we expect the best from each other.

“We’ve got a squad of easily 22 – you could have fielded another 11 out there that are first-team players. Toni [Anne Wayne] and Josie [Green] weren’t available and Renee [Hector] didn’t start this time but did brilliantly when she came on.

“The players that came in stepped up and did brilliantly – we still kept a clean sheet, scored four goals and we improved on our performance from earlier in the season against Swindon.

“We literally battle for each other, and at the end of the day we have our end target.”

The result could have been different on Sunday. Lynch made a vital second-half stop when the game was goalless before making an arguably even better save from point-blank range at 4-0 to ensure she kept another clean sheet.

“The one at 0-0 was literally just pure reaction, finger tips, and it went round the post,” she said. “Even I looked round thinking ‘please go past the post’ and everyone just said ‘it was fantastic’. But they do their job, I do mine.

“It was the same with the one in the corner. I couldn’t see, I had players in front of me. I just assumed she was going to go that way as that’s the way strikers tend to go and I dived and luckily got a hand to it.

“The one thing that will kill you as a top-flight goalkeeper is ‘can you stay concentrated when you haven’t got the ball coming your way?’.

“In the first half we kept them in their own half and I didn’t really touch the ball. In the second half I had to react, and I’m just glad I could play my part for the team.

“Nothing changes, the mentality is just to keep another clean sheet, work as hard as I can and keep training hard with [our goalkeeping coaches] Luke [Sheldrick] and Aaron [Tillbrook], because they’re fantastic.

“Some of the saves I pulled off was down to them, especially the first one when it was goalless. I’m just going to keep that clean sheet in mind and keep on improving every time I train, every time I step out there and perform.”

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