It was back to WSL action for Tottenham after crashing out of the FA Cup to Arsenal in midweek. Tottenham started brightly, taking the lead after 3 minutes with a wonderful strike by Williams but unfortunately for our Lilywhites, it all fell apart from there. Again the team selection was wrong, Harrop needs to play at left-back, Addison needs to start as does Graham and maybe these big matches are a bit much for Ale at the moment until she gains more experience.
Tottenham need to make some signings in January because we do not have a bench to compete with the big teams and to add insult to injury Simon is still out with a hamstring injury. We would like to see Addison, Morgan and Korpela start future matches. Highlights of the FA Cup quarterfinal can be views on our Youtube channel below.
Leicester 4-3-3: Levell in goal, Brougham at right-back, Tierney and Plumptre in the centre of defence with McManus at left-back. The Leicester midfield was made of O’Brien, Purfield and Pike while the Leicester attack was made of Cain down the left, Sigsworth down the right and De Graaf in the centre.
Tottenham 4-3-3: Spencer in goal, Neville at right-back, Bartrip and Zadorksy in the centre of defence with Harrop at left-back. The midfield was made of Percival, Clemaron and Graham while the Tottenham attack was made of Chi down the right, Naz down the left and William in the centre.
As expected Tottenham started the match the strongest of the two teams, controlling the midfield and making the Leicester players chase the ball. Tottenham’s first chance came in the 10th minute when Graham’s shot was well blocked by Tierney, the rebound came to Percival whose shot went wide of the Leicester goal. Leicester almost gave Tottenham a goal in the 15th minute when Levell complicated herself with a back pass almost losing the ball to Williams but Levell managed to get the ball away to Brougham. Leicester had a half chance in the 26th minute when Neville lost the ball but Sigsworth’s effort was well blocked by Zadorsky to deny Leicester.
Tottenham came close in the 30th minute when a Percival corner found Neville unmarked but her header was well saved by Levelle to deny Tottenham an opener. Leicester struggled to cause Spencer any trouble in the Tottenham goal, Sigsworth was the only Leicester player that looked like they could create something out of nothing but Harrop and Zadorsky were quickly on her to prevent any danger. Tottenham should have had their first goal in the 35th minute when Chi, crossed into the Leicester box, the ball was headed away to a Tottenham player before the ball was centred again into the box to Williams who shot, but her effort went over Levell’s bar.
A minute later Tottenham was again causing Leicester trouble this time it was Chi with some great footwork before shooting as her effort was well saved by Lavell and put out for a corner. Graham took the Tottenham corner which was missed by everyone, Levell came for the ball and managed to get a hand to it before the ball found Williams who shot from close range past Levell to give Tottenham a well-deserved lead on 38 minutes. Tottenham had a chance to get a second a couple of minutes later when Graham found Percival with a clever pass but Percival’s shot was straight at Levell who put the ball over for a corner. Tottenham could have gotten a second at the end of the first half when Chi found Williams with a cross but Williams headed over the bar from point-blank range.
The second half started quite equal with Leicester growing slightly back into the game. It was Tottenham that had the first chance of the second half in 53rd minute when William’s found Graham with a pass who crossed into the box finding Percival who shot from inside the box but her effort was saved by Levell, the rebound came out to Chi whose shot was also blocked before going out for a Tottenham corner. Leicester almost got back into the game on the 56th minute against the run of play when a clumsy challenge by Neville lead to a Leicester free-kick which was met by Plumptre who was unmarked in the Tottenham box but she was unable to turn in her effort as Tottenham was let off the hook. Three minutes later on the 59th minute when an unjust foul was given against substitute Ale, the Leicester free-kick was again met by Plumptre but her effort was saved well by Spencer who put the ball over for a corner.
Tottenham kept pushing for a second and in the 69th minute, a great tackle by Percival lead to a Tottenham break with Percival shooting from distance but her shot went just wide of Levell’s left-hand post. Tottenham came straight back at Leicester 2 minutes later when a good interception by Ale lead to a Tottenham counter, Ale found Graham with a pass but Graham‘s shot went wide. Leicester struggled to get out of their half as Tottenham comfortably controlled the midfield and good passing play by Tottenham in the 71st minute almost lead to a second when Graham found Clemaron down the right who played a wonderful ball into the Leicester box finding Graham with the pass but again Graham’s effort went wide of Levell’s goal.
Tottenham missed a great opportunity to punish Leicester in the 77th minute when a Graham corner found Williams unmarked but her header from point black range was straight at Levell who denied Tottenham and Williams a second. Leicester almost snatched an equaliser in the 84th minute when a rare Leicester attack led to a corner, Tottenham’s defence was caught napping as the corner was met by Flint unmarked but her header went just wide of Spencer’s goal. Tottenham finally got their reward in the 87th minute when Tottenham countered with a move started by Clemaron who found Ayane with a pass, Ayane found Williams down the right who centred into the Leicester box finding substitute Addison who slotted past Levelle to give Tottenham a deserved 2nd goal.
After the 4th official indicated a minimum of 6 minutes injury time, Tottenham keep looking for a 3rd goal as they passed the ball well in midfield looking for gaps in the Leicester defence but Leicester managed to hold out the Tottenham attack before the game was brought to an end.
Player of the match.
There were a few players that stood out today, Clemaron was on form again as was Percival who was solid in midfield but our player of that match has to go to Kit Graham. Graham got stuck in today and was at the centre of everything Tottenham created and should have had a couple of goals herself.
Post match analysis.
Tottenham bounced back from the FA Cup midweek defeat in style, Tottenham dominated the game against a Leicester side that looked afraid to come out and attack after losing all 3 of their previous matches. Tottenham again suffered from the same issue which is not taking their opportunities and missing too many chances. Chi looked dangerous again down the left flank but we stress again that Addison needs to start matches down the right to really cause other teams problems. Clemaron bossed the midfield alongside Percival as Tottenham dominated and we can only hope that when Kyah Simon returns from injury our Lilywhites can take their chances and punish teams at every opportunity.
Tottenham now travel to Brighton next week before our Lilywhites face two difficult matches at home with Manchester United and Arsenal visiting Tottenham in match day 6 and 7 of the WSL. Skinner needs to realise that Addison and Graham need to start matches along with Tang who have proven to be game changers and start dropping Naz, Ayane and Williams who are reserve players at the very best. For now we are on a HUGE high and must celebrate this clubs amazing achievements so far this season, second in the table behind Arsenal on goal difference is huge for this team who keep creating history. We are will be cheering these inspirational women from home next week, as we hope to get another 3 points before the international break COYS!!
Tottenham’s next match is away to Brighton. The match will be played on Sunday October 10th at 14:00pm. The match can be seen live on the FA Player over at https://faplayer.thefa.com/home/all or the FA Player app.
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