Megen Lynch: Spurs Ladies must win the physical battle against C&K Basildon
Goalkeeper Megen Lynch is expecting a physical battle when Spurs Ladies host C&K Basildon on Sunday and says her team-mates will have to earn the right to play the football that has taken them to the top of the league.
Tottenham’s No2 said: “It’ll be a tough, physical game. They’re going to bring a lot of effort – they’re not going to be afraid to throw their bodies around. It’s going to be hard.
“To be fair they’ll try to play some football, play their game. Any game in this league is going to be difficult, anyone can beat anyone on any given day, and it was proved on Sunday with what happened in the fixtures.
“It’s just about working hard, gritting it out, because if we match them physically our footballing ability will just shine through, so that’s what we’re hoping for.
“If we pick up the three points then we’re flying. We just have to do what we do – and what we do best – and that’s score goals and win games.”
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Tottenham were not in action at the weekend so Lynch stood between the sticks for the Lilywhites’ reserves, who overcame Portsmouth’s development squad 5-1 on Sunday in the FA Women’s Premier League Reserves Cup.
She made two vital saves, when the scores were goalless and just after half-time, but has shied away from individual praise.
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“Everyone else did their job properly and to be fair that’s my job, I’m a goalkeeper – I’m meant to be able to save those one on ones or shots,” she said.
“To be able to actually do my job and to do it successfully is fantastic, because all the girls did their jobs perfectly.
“You’re going to get one or two opportunities - no matter how much you’re winning by, you’re still going to get one or two against you so to be able to do my job is fantastic and that’s all it was.
“I thought we did really well, we performed as a team, especially because two weeks ago we drew against [Portsmouth] and we just wanted to be really clinical.
“We were really clinical to get five goals. Obviously we’re unhappy to concede one goal but it wasn’t from open play. I thought the performances were really good and we deserved it.”
Nikita Whinnett, who also featured late on for the reserves and continued her form in front of goal by finding the net, added: “The atmosphere around the training ground is truly unbelievable. The squad is so tight, you wouldn’t really know who were reserves and first-team players.
“Playing with the likes of Bianca [Baptiste], Wendy [Martin] and Kel [Kelley Blanchflower] is an amazing feeling because they are such great players. They really do bring the best out of everyone else in the team.
“We have so much quality in the side at the moment. It gives our gaffer a lot of choice to try different things so that we can compete in every competition.”