Positivity key to Tottenham’s win over Crystal Palace says Josie Green

Tottenham Ladies' Josie Green. Picture: WUSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Tottenham Ladies' Josie Green. Picture: WUSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM - Credit: Archant

All-action midfielder Josie Green says Spurs Ladies’ belief system remains as strong as ever after a spirited comeback saw the squad to three vital points against Crystal Palace.

Gemma Bryan shot the Eagles into an early lead, but Bianca Baptiste’s slotted finish and Wendy Martin’s guided header secured their 27th victory from 29 games in all competitions this season.

It’s a result which sees Karen Hills’ Lilywhites sit top of the FA Women’s Premier League South with seven games remaining – and Green was adamant their quality was always going to shine if the basics were followed through.

She said: “It feels really good. It was such a tough game, Crystal Palace did really well – they came at us and nicked the first goal but we showed our character and came back to win it 2-1.

“We’re just happy to get a win under our belt after last weekend and carry on how we left off in the league.

“We know what Palace are like, we’ve played them three times already this season and they’ve always been such a tough game. We knew that being positive and taking that mentality into the game would be such an important thing for us.

“And I think we did that. Especially in the second-half today when we settled down and started playing a bit more of our football. We really showed our positivity and went on to find that second goal.”

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The ability to regroup through adversity has been a key component, with Green highlighting the influence of strength and conditioning coach Anton Blackwood and physio Sarah Budd for the squad’s high intensity.

She continued: “Anton and Sarah have done absolute wonders for us this season. The fact that most of us have played consistently without any major injuries, means that we can go out and perform the way that we know we can every week.

“They’re always there every session and they know what we need and what we don’t need – big thank you to them two, they’ve been really great for us.”

All focus turns immediately to next week’s top-of-the-table clash with fourth-placed, Coventry United – a team they beat 1-0 in the reverse fixture – and Green says it will just be a case of who wants it more.

She added: “That’s going to be probably the biggest game of our season so far. They’re right up there in the league and they’re going to want to win just as much as we do, so we need to go out 100 per cent on Sunday.

“We’ve just got to prepare right this week, train hard and hopefully when the time comes just do what we do every week and grind out a result.”

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