Tottenham Hotspur Ladies defender Ashleigh Neville wants complete performance away to Millwall Lionesses in FA Women’s Super League 2
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Spurs lost their 2018 opener last weekend, going down 1-0 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion Women, but they will look to respond on Sunday
Defender Ashleigh Neville says Tottenham Hotspur Ladies need to sustain their urgency for the whole 90 minutes when they travel to Millwall Lionesses this weekend looking to return to winning ways in the FA Women’s Super League 2.
An energy-driven second-half performance last Sunday wasn’t enough for Spurs to kick off 2018 with a win, after Brighton & Hove Albion Women scored early and held onto their lead at Cheshunt.
It was Tottenham’s first match since December 6 and Neville’s eager for the squad to put their winless run of four games behind them and get back their early season momentum which saw them keep tabs near the top of the WSL 2.
She said: “Sunday was a difficult result to take because I think every single one of the girls worked really hard and I feel we at least deserved a point. The work rate was outstanding and I am so proud of everyone.
“We came in at half-time, regrouped and went through what was working well and things we needed to work on and we came out in the second half with a different attitude towards the game and I think that showed on the pitch.
“I think everyone will be frustrated after the game as we all feel we deserved more out of it, it just didn’t seem like it was our day.”
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Despite the recent setbacks, the impressive left-back says the squad’s togetherness will prove dividends and the disappointments will only serve as motivation for a comeback.
She continued: “We have a lot to take away from the game and we will look at clips from it in training, look at what we can work on and build on it together as a squad to help us going into the next game at Millwall.
“Results don’t always go our way sometimes – I think that’s just football – but as a squad we get back in training, back together and push each other as much as we can for the next game.”
As aforementioned, Karen Hills’ Lilywhites take on the Lionesses who sit six points ahead in the league table – and Neville wants them to start as they mean to go on.
“I think we need to start the first-half how we started the second-half this week,” she added. “We need a good 90 minutes to give us the chance to get ourselves into the game and hopefully push for an early goal to help build our confidence.”