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

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Skinner demands better first half standards after latest defeat

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Rehanne Skinner says that her side must improve in the first half of matches after they found themselves 2-0 down at half-time in yesterday’s fixture against Manchester City at The Hive.

Spurs went on to lose the match 3-0, their sixth defeat in eight Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches. Four of their last six goals conceded have come in the first half of matches and head coach Skinner says that her side must become better starters in games.

“Unfortunately, we are starting games too negatively out of possession at the moment,” said Skinner. “We are not sticking to the press which is giving the opposition too much time and space.

“We have got to get over that and at the end of the day, we are here to get points out of games. It can’t take us until the second half to try and do that.

“Obviously, there were some frustrations attached to that at half-time and we were much more effective in the second half.

“Ultimately, we have got to start games like that.”

Skinner went on to say that her side have been tentative in their pressing and Spurs must become more aggressive and proactive in their play straight from kick-off.

She added “We are too tentative in the press, we just need to be more aggressive and on the front foot.

“There was a bit of a disconnect in terms of the players so they weren’t quite on the same page in what that looked like.

“It is just taking us too long to feel our way into a game. Ultimately, we have been excellent at it all week in training but it is just transferring that into a game, the bottom line is that we have got to do that better.”

Tottenham Hotspur return to action following the international break with a Vitality Women’s FA Cup tie at Reading.

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