Sophie Mclean hails Tottenham Ladies squad after stunning season
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The midfielder paid tribute to the family atmosphere created amongst the players and staff
All-action Tottenham Ladies midfielder Sophie Mclean says Karen Hills’ newly promoted FA Women’s Super League 2 quadruple winners were worthy of the feat – and alluded to the togetherness the squad leaned on to achieve the dream season.
The ultimate thrill ride of the national FA Women’s Premier League Play-Off saw Southern champions, Spurs to a 3-0 defeat of Northern champions, Blackburn Rovers.
A brace of the highest order from Bianca Baptiste and a lob for the ages from Wendy Martin sealed their place in the upper echelon of the Women’s game.
And bringing about triumph which followed the Boux Avenue, FA Women’s Premier League and Cup success, with Mclean admitting everyone performed to their maximum.
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She said: “It feels amazing – all the girls, the staff, everyone has worked so hard for this. To think that we came sixth last season and to come into this campaign, win the league at White Hart Lane in front of over 2000 people, win the cups, the play-off – it has all just been incredible.
“From the back to the front I can’t even put into words how well the girls played. All of us were on our game and you could tell which team wanted it more, the three goals that we scored showed that.
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“Credit to Blackburn, they worked hard for the position they got to. They battled, but it was just our day, all the girls were amazing.”
A player described by her team-mates as the most ‘technically gifted’, Mclean shed light on the squad’s motivation to battle hard for each and the family feel culture that’s been created by an influential coaching team.
She pulled no punches when heaping praise on the freedom the players have been given to express themselves – on and off the pitch.
Mclean added: “We are a family, we’re very close with each other and I’ve never played on a team this tight.
“It’s just an amazing feeling to know that you can talk to anyone in the squad – we all feel so comfortable with each other. All the coaches and players have such a great relationship.
“I’ve literally loved every single minute of playing for Spurs Ladies. Win, lose, or draw – I just love that feeling playing in and for this team.
“I can’t even describe how good the girls are – we all love each other and I couldn’t think of a better group of people to win this with.”
The Lilywhites overcame many challenges this season and as a result, grew both in terms of mental toughness and physicality, which saw them to a 27-game unbeaten run.
Mclean though alluded to one match in particular that became a game-changer – in terms of their belief system.
She added: “We had a few tough games at the beginning of the season. We always knew that Coventry away was always going to be one of our toughest games, because they were undefeated.
“When we went there, we literally battled throughout the whole 90 minutes and we came away with a 1-0 win which was so good for us mentally.
“From there it was just up for us, we went on a 27 game unbeaten run – and that came down to proper preparation from all the staff and girls.
“We had a few downfalls later, which will only make us stronger, but we couldn’t think of anything better than winning the league at White Hart Lane – and now being in the Super League next season!”