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Tottenham Hotspur booked their place in the Fourth Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a hard earned 1-0 win away to Gillingham.
Spurs Ladies now have a plum home tie against WSL side Aston Villa and we talked to goalkeeper Toni Anne Wayne, who admitted that Gillingham had made it tough for her side on the day but was now looking forward to the next round:
WSS: Well done on reaching the Fourth Round, how well did you think the team played on Sunday?
TW: The game on Sunday was a very difficult game and considering the weather, I feel we adapted well to the conditions. Gillingham didn't allow us to play our usual free flowing game, they did very well to frustrate us. We didn't play our best game, however, we still created many chances and defended probably the best I have seen us in a long time from front to back.
WSS: Was it a nervous last few minutes as you were only one goal ahead, or did you always feel comfortable?
TW: I think against a team like Gillingham you are never comfortable at 1-0, having said that the way we defended, I personally felt confident that we could finish the game positively. Obviously, it was nerve racking because progressing in this competition means so much to the team and staff.
WSS: How much are you looking forward to taking on a WSL side on your own ground in the next round?
TW: Once the higher league teams come into the draw, you always want one because you want to test yourself against teams in a higher league, so naturally, we are happy with the draw. We know it will be a tough game, however on our day I believe we are a match for any team. It obviously makes it extra special having the game at home as we have such great supporters that I think the atmosphere will be very good.
WSS: On the whole, the FAWPL clubs have acquitted themselves well against the WSL sides, can you draw inspiration from this?
TW: The FAWPL is a fantastically competitive league and there are many teams in this league that could hold their own in the FA WSL 2. We will take confidence from the result this weekend because it just highlights just how good the FAWPL is.
WSS: This week you host Plymouth Argyle in the league, is it a case of keeping the momentum going in this game?
TW: Momentum is key for us, we have started the year really well however, we don't intend to become complacent if anything we will work even harder to make sure we can finish as high as we possibly can in the league. No game is this league is a guaranteed three points, we know that if we do not go out on Sunday and give everything we will come unstuck.
WSS: Your cup form has been excellent, in one final already and still in three others, how do you think the season has gone overall so far?
TW: I think that we started our season well and then had a few hard weeks at the beginning of the year, however, overall I believe that so far, we would be happy with where we are. We would want to be higher in the league but that's because we demand more of ourselves as a squad. One goal is still to win some silverware this year and at the moment we are still on course for this, which was our goal at the beginning of the season.
WSS: Do you see signs of progress at the club and maybe ready for a possible title challenge next season?
TW: Each year Spurs Ladies progress positively and this year has been no different, The support from everyone from Cheshunt FC to the men's team has been fantastic and our job is to repay that faith. We have amazing support from our coaches/physio etc which allows us to forget about everything else and just work hard on our game. With the squad and support we have promotion will always be what we strive for.
Our thanks to Toni!
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