Amoros praises character of Spurs Ladies after vital win

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies celebrate Rianna Dean's late winner at Millwall Lionesses (pic: Wu's Photog

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies celebrate Rianna Dean's late winner at Millwall Lionesses (pic: Wu's Photography). - Credit: Archant

Two stoppage time goals at Princes Park resulted in more movement at the top of the FA Women’s Championship

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies head coach Juan Amoros hailed a moment of brilliance after Sunday’s dramatic 3-2 victory away to Millwall Lionesses.

Spurs looked set to slip up to the basement side in the FA Women’s Championship, but Rianna Dean scored a superb winner in stoppage time.

It saw Karen Hills’ team go four points clear at the top of the table, though Manchester United Women, in second, do have two games in hand.

Coach Amoros said: “It was a game I think we dominated and it sums up the character of this group of people.

“They keep fighting until the end, they do it in training, they do it off the pitch and on the pitch.

“It shows the passion and commitment the players have, and to get three points in the way they did is credit to them.

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“At the end football is about goals, Millwall came into our box two or three times and scored twice, they had a game plan and executed it well, but a little bit of brilliance in the end saw us through.”

A quality finish from Sarah Wiltshire gave Tottenham the lead in the first half, but Evie Clarke found an equaliser for the home side just before the interval.

Spurs’ substitute, Emma Beckett, scored her first goal for the club late into the second half, and it looked to be the winner until an intense and dramatic spell in stoppage time saw Millwall level through Beth Lumsden.

However, right at the death a diligent Dean slotted the ball past Chloe Sansom to seal three points in a dramatic finale at Princes Park as the Tottenham camp erupted.

Matchwinner Dean, who now has 14 goals this season, said: “It was a massive relief to see the ball go into the back of the net and I was buzzing.

“It was quite a tough game, credit to Millwall because they have improved massively.

“We kept fighting until the end and it just shows how together we are as a team, what we want to do and where we want to go – we never lose faith.”

Tottenham will now take a break from league action on Sunday when they travel to Crystal Palace Ladies for an FA Cup tie.

Both Championship teams will be looking to progress from the fourth round clash at Hayes Lane.