No reason why not says Josie Green as Tottenham ladies march on in FA Cup
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Josie Green declared “why not us?” as Tottenham Hotspur Ladies defeated Women’s Super League side Brighton & Hove Albion to make it to the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup.
It was the first time the Lilywhites had ever beaten a side from the top two divisions in the women’s game and only the third time they have made it to the last 16.
Bianca Baptiste’s stunning strike was enough to clinch the 1-0 win and set up a dream tie against north London rivals, and current cup holders, Arsenal.
But Green says that ‘why not us?’ mentality is helping them maintain their high-standard of football and that they won’t back down from any challenge.
She said: “We know every time we step on that pitch we’re going to work hard for each other, and it doesn’t matter who we come up against, we know we’re all going to give 100 per cent.
“Put anyone in front of us and we’re never going to give up trying. I think that’s key – and it showed [against Brighton], we were comfortable on the ball. Our mentality needs to stay the same whoever we’re playing and I think it will do as well.
“Credit to all the girls, we all work, have lives as well, but we make it to every single training session that we can, when we’re there we all work really, really hard and that shows on the pitch.
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“We’re an ambitious bunch of players and we want to really test ourselves. We want to do really well and see what we can do – why not?”
Baptiste’s strike on 57 minutes was as good as, if not better than, the one that saw off Blackburn Rovers in the previous round.
Wendy Martin’s initial effort was charged down and poked to the left-hand edge of the box but Baptiste was waiting and her first-time shot whistled into the net off the underside of the bar.
A battling performance from every member of the squad, and a critical save by Toni-Anne Wayne late on, was enough for the spoils.
And Green paid tribute to the shot-stopper, as well as the rest of her team-mates.
She added: “Toni’s amazing – she’s really been a big, key part of our team. Her mentality as well, I think she proved that she should be up there with the top goalkeepers and I think she’s the best ‘keeper that I’ve played with.
“She deserves more credit - her save for example in the second-half – not many would have got down and stopped that and then recovered after.
“The back-four, the midfield – it starts from the front as well – all the girls played a massive part in getting the victory, but credit to Bianca [Baptiste], she always steps up every game and produces a ‘worldie’. You have to give massive credit to her too.”