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Tottenham Hotspur produced the result of the round to beat WSL side Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 and have been rewarded with a tie against holders Arsenal in the last sixteen.
We talked to Tottenham goalkeeper Toni Anne Wayne who, whilst looking forward to the Arsenal tie, is also focusing on a tough month in what could yet turn out to be a very memorable season for her club:
WSS: Well done on a great cup result, would you say that is your best result of the season to date?
TAW: Thank you! I think that personally for me the 1-0 win at Coventry was our best result as at the point they were also unbeaten, so to open up a small lead in the league was a huge thing for us. We played really well and was very strong defensively, also a clean sheet which is what all goalkeepers want.
WSS: With you being in such great form in the league, did that fill the team with confidence going into the game with Brighton?
TAW: Obviously winning games breed confidence so that did help us. I think that we have huge faith in each other and the coaches. We prepared the best we could and we knew that on our day we could match most teams. It was just a case of going out there without fear and perform and we managed to do that.
WSS: Were the later stages of the game nervous ones, or did you always feel comfortable that you would win?
TAW: Personally i am always nervous. Brighton increased their pressure on us in the last ten minutes, however, the team were playing so well that I always had faith in them to see us over the line. Defensively, we have been solid and have learnt how to see games out this year.
WSS: Now it is the Fifth Round and you must play holders Arsenal, was that a draw that everyone wanted?
TAW: I think this is a fantastic tie for us and for the supporters, being that it is a derby. We want to play against the best teams to test ourselves and Arsenal are that. However, we will prepare properly how we do for every game and we won't make it easy for them.
WSS: March is going to be a very big month for your club, as well as the Arsenal game you have a cup semi final with Cardiff and a vital league match against Charlton, how much is everyone looking forward to that run of games?
TAW: Yes, March is going to be a very tough part of the season, but then every game in this league is a hard game, that's why this is such a great league. We will just focus on the first game and go from there. If you want to win leagues and be in finals, you have to beat the teams at the top.
WSS: Can you see the Southern Division title race remaining a close one for the rest of the season?
TAW: Yes I would be surprised if it doesn't come down to the last few games of the season. Charlton, Coventry, Cardiff and ourselves all have a very good chance of winning the league so we will not be resting on our laurels. We will be working very hard to try and remain unbeaten. We still have to play all these of these teams so it's going to be a very exciting end to the season for everyone.
WSS: The club has made great strides this season, how ready is it to make the step up to the next level if the chance comes?
TAW: We have a fantastic set up in place already, along with the best back room staff and strong, confident players. We have shown that we can play at the level needed to be in WSL 2 so we feel that we can make that step up, but first thing first is to try and win this league, which is something that we are extremely focused on trying to do.
Our thanks to Toni!
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