Ashleigh Neville: We deserved more
Defender Ashleigh Neville says Tottenham Hotspur Ladies need to sustain urgency for the whole 90 minutes when they take on Millwall Lionesses on Sunday, as they look to return to winning ways in the FA Women’s Super League 2.
An energy-driven second-half performance wasn’t enough to kick-off 2018 with all the spoils, after Brighton & Hove Albion scored early and maintained their lead at Cheshunt FC’s Theobalds Lane, in their first match back since December 6, writes Khalid Karimullah.
And Neville’s eager for the squad to put behind them a winless run of four games and get back their early-season momentum which saw them keep tabs near the top bracket of the WSL 2.
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“It 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,” she said. “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. 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.”
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 this week, look at what we can work on and build on it together as a squad to help us going into next week’s game.
“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 from the offset.
“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.”
Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography.