FA Women’s Super League 2: Spurs Ladies captain Jenna Schillaci confident they will bounce back from five-game losing streak
PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 January 2018
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Karen Hills’ team have not won since November 1, but the squad remains united and positive about their chances at Sheffield FC on January 28
Jenna Schillaci believes Tottenham Hotspur Ladies need to start believing in the quality they possess after a run of five shortcomings.
The Spurs skipper does insist, however, there is no reason why they can’t turn the tables when they head to Sheffield FC on January 28.
Coral-Jade Haines’ fine pass for Sarah Wiltshire to draw Tottenham level at Millwall Lionesses last Sunday wasn’t enough as the concluding stages saw the hosts score another three goals in a 4-1 win.
Nevertheless, the long-time leader has called on her team-mates to remain strong through the current trials and tribulations and is confident they’ll rise to the challenge.
Schillaci said: “We’re just on a bit of a bad run at the moment and struggling to pick up points.
“I thought we played some really good football in patches at Millwall; we created lots of chances, we just needed to take those chances.
“It seemed like they took each of their chances and for us, it was just being more clinical in front of goal, being switched on at the back and making sure everyone’s on their game, every game. In this league you can’t get away with everyone not pulling together and working.
“Against Brighton & Hove Albion (1-0 defeat), we played really good football as well, but at the end of the day if we don’t get the ball in the net we don’t get the points – it’s as simple as that.
“We need to regroup, stick together and keep working hard. We had a great week of training and unfortunately I don’t think the result reflected the game.”
Schillaci also believes the performances of the players haven’t warranted the recent results, adding: “We’ve got some new players that have come in this season, whereas the other teams have been together for a few seasons.
“We’re still, I guess, adapting and finding out the best way to be playing. We know how each other play; it’s just getting in the right situations.
“The positives are the way we are playing; we’re playing quality football – especially in the final third – which is what we’ve been aiming to do. We just need to keep doing that, confidently, and if we keep playing the way we are, we will start picking up points.”
“We have quality players and we just need to start believing that now. We started off the season on fire - we can play, we’re all quality players. We just need to pick ourselves up and start doing what we’re good at, picking up the points.
“I’m sure the confidence will keep coming back. The coaches are brilliant with us each week, they give us the tools to go out there and perform so now it’s just down to us. We will come back stronger for it, everything’s a learning curve.”
As alluded to, with Karen Hills’ side sitting above Sheffield by a point - and with everyone pulling in the same direction - the centre-back sees there only being positives at The Home of Football Stadium.
Schillaci added: “We’ll obviously go there hoping to come away with the three points. We’ll have a good two weeks training now so we’ll take advantage of that.
“I’m confident that if we all perform how I know we can, play how we can and then we’ll come away with the three points.”