Hills takes the positives from derby defeat

Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Arsenal – Reaction

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR joint Head Coach, Karen Hills, was frustrated with the results but insisted her sides North London derby experience with Arsenal had been largely positive.

A record FA Women’s Premier League crowd of 38,262 turned out for the momentous occasion and they witness Spurs frustrate the reigning champions with a battling performance.

However, Tottenham succumbed to second-half goals from Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema as the Gunners enhanced their title credentials.

“It’s very disappointing not to get the three points because that’s what it’s all about,” Hills explained.

“But credit to Arsenal – they are champions for a reason.

“We were unfortunate not to come in at half-time 1-0 up but didn’t put those chances away. I’m extremely proud and pleased with every single one of our players”

Spurs have already featured in matches at Chelsea and West Ham this season which have drawn a combined attendance of almost 50,000 and Hills believed those experiences had helped her side.

“We’ve had the opportunity to play at Stamford Bridge, we’ve had to opportunity to play at the London Stadium, where we’d been the underdogs, where we hadn’t had our big crowd behind us – but I thought we managed the occasion really well,” she added.

“I don’t think the players were fazed at all with 38,000 people behind them. I thought the girls were absolutely outstanding – it is just disappointing to concede those two goals.”

Brian Jeeves

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