Tottenham Hotspur Ladies Manager Karen Hills Lewes Women v Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FA Women's Championship football match, The Dripping Pan Stadium, Lewes, UK - 14 Oct 2018 Photo: Robin Parker for The FA

Spurs boss Hills hails ‘outstanding’ team performance against Hammers

Tottenham Hotspur manager Karen Hills has hailed her side’s performance in the 2-0 victory over West Ham United as ‘outstanding’.

Spurs went into the match as underdogs but came out on top thanks to goals from Rianna Dean and Lucy Quinn.

The match was played in-front of 24,790 fans at the London Stadium, the second time which the FA Women’s Super League’s newest club have competed in a game with a large crowd with the majority of the attendance made up by home fans

Speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time magazine after the match, Spurs boss Hills said her side gave an outstanding performance in testing circumstances.

“I thought it was amazing, the girls were outstanding and deserved it today” said Hills. “Three games in and six points, that’s perfect for us and I thought the girls thoroughly deserved that.

“The girls are learning from their experiences and we have only been together for a very short period of time.

“The more experienced girls in the team lead but also, the younger ones are relishing the opportunities to play in big games and they are doing very, very well.”

Spurs were clinical with the chances which came their way with Dean and Quinn both producing excellent finishes but the North Londoners had to also be solid at the back. Youngster Hannah Godfrey made a brave block to deny Kenza Dali a certain goal with the scoreline at 1-0.

Had Godfrey not have made that block, West Ham United could have taken at least a point from the game themselves and Spurs boss Hills was quick to praise the defender.

She said “Those are the sort of moments which she will remember.

“She puts her body and her head where others wouldn’t, that’s her character.

“She is strong, she is resilient and today, for a young head she really goes in and demands that standard that she sets herself.

“She has been outstanding and has been a key signing for us this summer.”

Tottenham Hotspur will complete a unique treble of playing fixtures at men’s stadiums in November when they host Arsenal at their new 62,062-capacity stadium. That fixture will attract huge interest from fans and media alike but Hills is not looking at that occasion just yet.

“We’ve got other games to play before then” added the Spurs boss.

“This season is all about establishing ourselves and competing with well-established teams who have international players so we will take each game as it comes.

“The moment will come where we are playing at our stadium but ultimately, there are still more games to play before we reach that point.”


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