Tuesday 13 March 2018

Renee Hector: We've matured mentally

Renee Hector says Tottenham Hotspur Ladies have matured mentally this season and the disappointment after their 2-2 behind-closed-doors friendly draw with Arsenal Development on Sunday is evident of that, writes Khalid Karimullah.

Sarah Wiltshire and Bianca Baptiste found the net in-between two strikes from the Gunners at Cheshunt Football Ground, but Hector said the frustration within the squad was pleasing to see and touched on the match being much needed, after not playing since hitting six past Watford on February 22.

“It was just a case of trying to keep that winning mentality like we have the two games before (against Oxford United and Watford Ladies),” she said. “It’s tough as we had a week off due to the weather, so that meant (the match) was also about the physical outcomes.

Hector calls on the team to be more clinical collectively

Hector calls on the team to be more clinical collectively

“I think that shows how far we have come as a club. Once upon a time, Spurs Ladies probably would have been quite chuffed to come away with a draw against Arsenal Development.”

As alluded to, Wiltshire and Baptiste found their stride again and the centre-back says although it’s vital they are hitting form at the right time, as a collective unit Karen Hills’ team need to be more clinical when chances arrive, after more than imposing their attacking game throughout the 90 minutes.

“It’s fantastic to see them two scoring goals because it’s only going to help boost their confidence and drive them to want to score more.

“The main lesson was that we just need to find the back of the net more. The difference was they had a couple of chances but took them clinically; we may have had at least 10 to 15 good chances throughout but only scored two. In this league, some of the teams only need a couple of chances and they will punish you. We just need to start doing that too and hurting teams to put ourselves in a better position throughout the games.”

The Lilywhites have a little while to wait until they next play a game which has league implications, with the international break ensuring Doncaster Rovers Belles on March 25 is what they’re gearing up towards.

And Hector says the crucial aim is to keep standards high when they travel to the Keepmoat Stadium and build off the two back-to-back FA Women’s Super League 2 victories acquired back in February.

“I think it’s incredibly important to keep our attacking confidence flowing,” she finished. “There was a point in the season where we were playing well and dominating teams, but the results weren’t showing that. Now the results are starting to come and it’s crucial we keep our standards high.”

Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography.