FA Women’s Super League 2: Jenna Schillaci wants Tottenham Hotspur Ladies to keep winning feeling against Millwall Lionesses
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Karen Hills’ team produced an excellent performance on Sunday to defeat Durham Women 6-3 and will look for more success tonight
Captain Jenna Schillaci has called on her Tottenham Hotspur Ladies team-mates to maintain the winning feeling they possess as they look to finish the season strong, starting with Millwall Lionesses tonight (Wednesday) at Cheshunt Football Ground (7.45pm).
The Lilywhites face the high-flying Lionesses who sit second in the FA Women’s Super League 2, but following Sunday’s hearted 6-3 win at Theobalds Lane over Durham Women, the experienced defender sees no reason why they can’t sustain their momentum.
Wendy Martin’s goal and a Bianca Baptiste brace after just six minutes saw Karen Hills’ side quickly take control – but the Wildcats fought back to draw level and set up an anxious ending.
And Schillaci says the next three goals from Sarah Wiltshire, Ronnell Humes and Lucia Leon proved the mental toughness that the squad possesses.
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“I think every single player stepped up and was a leader on the pitch,” she said. “We were first to everything, working hard for each other, defending from back to front and we took our chances when they came.
“Attacking-wise we were clinical; in past games we have been a bit wasteful with the ball in the final third. It’s something we have been working on in training, so to see it come together like it did on Sunday was great.
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“It was massively important; had we let them go ahead it would have been a massive blow for us, especially after leading 3-0.
“To be 3-0 up and then for them to come back into the game, it took a lot of mental toughness to ride out that period.
“We stuck together, we worked hard as a team and we were clinical in front of goal - the forwards were unreal. We went on to win with a comfortable scoreline.
“To do that against a quality, well established WSL 2 team like Durham is credit to every player out on the pitch. Last week (against Sheffield FC Women) we were so disappointed with our performance as a team and individuals.
“We worked hard all week with the coaches in training to put it right and ensure that never happens again.”
Toni-Anne Wayne was outstanding inbetween the sticks for Tottenham with crucial saves, which Schillaci said shows the hard work is paying dividends and had high praise for the stopper.
The skipper continued to add that they were in part driven by the previous week’s loss to Sheffield and was proud of the manner in which the whole squad stepped up to the challenge.
Schillaci added: “Toni-Anne was on a different level on Sunday. The saves she was pulling off throughout the game were game changing. She’s one of the best goalkeepers around with a lot of experience.
“We are very lucky we have two quality goalkeepers at the club in Toni and Chloe (Morgan), who are constantly pushing each other in training to be better and that shows in their performances on matchdays.
“I was very proud of everyone in the squad; the players that came on off the bench made an instant impact too, which is what you want and need in a match like that.
“After last week’s match against Sheffield we knew we didn’t want to feel like that again, it hurt us losing how we did and we learnt a lot from that performance. It was the perfect response and a massive confidence boost for all of us.”
As touched upon, Millwall arrive at Cheshunt FC tonight in a quick turnaround of games and although Schillaci is wary of the task at hand, she believes her side can right some wrongs.
Spurs’ positive performance in the reverse fixture in January was deserving of a positive result, but the hosts scored three late goals to secure a 4-1 victory.
“Every game in this league is a test for us,” she finished. “Millwall are sitting second in the league and are a very good side.
“We were disappointed to come away from our previous match against them with no points after putting in a good performance, so we will be looking to put that right.
“It’s a quick turnaround, but we have a squad of players who are all more than capable of doing the job. Everyone is determined to finish on a high and to keep the consistency going towards the end of the season.”