Vyse: Imperative we show our strengths
Ryah Vyse says it’s imperative Tottenham Hotspur Ladies head to The Lamb Ground in Tamworth with the mentality to play to their strengths against Aston Villa (2:00pm), and come away with nothing less than three points, writes Khalid Karimullah.
The Lilywhites return to action following their 1-1 draw with second-placed Millwall Lionesses on May 2 for their penultimate game of what’s been a testing, but enjoyable first campaign in the FA Women’s Super League 2.
Currently sitting in seventh-place, Spurs have the possibility of ending the campaign with a top-five finish, which Vyse says will set the standards for next year.
On the road: Vyse celebrating Coral-Jade Haines' late winner at Oxford United
Goals from Bianca Baptiste and Coral-Jade Haines set the north Londoners on their way to three points and a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture against the Villans at Cheshunt Football ground.
And although she’s expecting a tough test in the Midlands, there’s the motivating factor of achieving what she feels the squad’s hard work deserves.
“We are all really motivated to end the season on a high and place as high as possible in the league,” she said. “We are more than capable of picking up six points in our last two games, we’ve just got to go out there and play our game. Both players and staff have been working so hard throughout the season, so to end on a high would be well deserved.
“If we stick to our game and play as good as we know we all can, then there’s no reason why we can’t walk away with three points.”
The versatile defender wants her team-mates to show how far they’ve grown at this level against Villa and London Bees, and says they won’t be bitten by the end-of-season feel.
“It will give us all the confidence and prepare us in the right way for next season,” she continued. “We know we are capable of being one of the top teams in the league next season and securing six points will set us up on the right path.
“These games will really test our character and it will allow us to showcase what we can do as a team and the great football we can produce. We have nothing to lose, so it’s all about going out and testing ourselves and putting everything we have into the last two games.”
The last time Karen Hills’ team went on the road they faced a dramatic game at Oxford United, in which they came away victors late on with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Katie O'Leary and Haines.
And Vyse says they can take a lot of heart from that performance, having been in control throughout the action.
“We played some great football away to Oxford and dominated the majority of the game, so we are excited to take that kind of performance into Villa,” she finished. “We cannot underestimate Villa as they have some great players and can produce as a team. It’s important we go there with the right mindset and ready to take on the challenge.”
Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography.