Tottenham Hotspur head coach Rehanne Skinner during the Barclays FA Women's Super League game between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at The Banks's Stadium in Walsall, England - Image by Sports Press Photo

‘A really important point for us’ – Spurs boss Skinner on Sunday’s draw against Reading

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Rehanne Skinner was pleased to see her side end their losing streak in their goalless draw at Reading on Sunday.

After suffering defeat in each of their last four games, Spurs collected an important point against a Reading side who have been in good form.

Even though Spurs gained both a point and a clean sheet in Berkshire, Skinner was also pleased with the way in which her side nearly took all three points with their dominating second half display. In her post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Skinner said “I thought we played really well, we’re in a battle at the moment to make sure we get points.

“I think taking a point and a clean sheet away from home against a good competitive side like Reading, it is a really important point for us.”

Going into the final half-hour, the North Londoners made three attacking changes, bringing on Kit Graham, Lucy Quinn and Rachel Williams. As a result of this, Spurs led a siege on The Royals goal but due to some important saves from Reading keeper Grace Moloney, the sides remained level at full-time. Skinner was pleased with the positive impact of her changes, stating “We’re obviously managing the shape in the first half and making sure we are really secure defensively.

“I thought the back four were really good in terms of what I asked them to do today then we’ve had some change in terms of the squad in the second half.

“They were game changers as well, to make us press even more effectively and make us create more chances and keep that pressure on until the final whistle.”

As previously mentioned, Tottenham Hotspur were suffering from a four-game pointless run going into their fixture against Reading. Skinner believed that the draw was important in turning the tide of her side’s season and providing a platform to push on.

“For us, we’ve been building on it anyway,” said Skinner. “In terms of our performances, we should have taken points out of the last two games and I think that’s culminated in a point for us today, because the performances are continuing to get better.

“I just think as a collective we’ll keep believing in what we’re doing and we’ll create more chances like we did today.

“We need to make sure we convert them so we can get more points out of upcoming games.”

The North Londoners now sit five points above the relegation zone but Skinner acknowledged that Spurs are not yet safe, although she is looking forward to the fight to secure survival.

“There’s not a vast amount of points between anybody,” Skinner confessed.

“Everybody is in that boat from seventh downwards. Everybody is showing they’ve got grit and determination.

“It’s making all the games that are coming up more exciting and this is what we want to play for.

“Nothing should come easy to us and we’ve got to step up and perform within that and I think that’s what we’re doing.”

Last week, it was announced that the upcoming North London derby will be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a prospect that Skinner is looking forward to.

“I think anytime you get an opportunity to play in these stadiums is a great opportunity and I think if we can get fans back in to be able to enjoy that with us, that’d be brilliant for us. We’ve missed them massively” stated Skinner.

Spurs’ next fixture is on Sunday when they welcome struggling Bristol City to The Hive in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

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