Spurs boss Skinner calls for continuation of versatility ahead of Reading test

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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Rehanne Skinner says that her side must continue to be versatile in their play as they prepare for the challenge of Reading at The Hive on Sunday.

Spurs have been successful in two very different tests in their opening two Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches, defeating a Birmingham City team in transition 1-0 before holding their nerve to record a shock 2-1 victory at Manchester City.

When speaking in her pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Reading, Spurs boss Skinner hailed the versatility shown by her side in the opening weeks of the season and she has called on her team to continue to show those qualities.

“We are really happy with the results,” Skinner said. “The thing that has been really pleasing is the way that we have gone about those games by the nature of the opponent as they were so different.

“We have been working on showing a bit of versatility with some of the things that we were aiming to do. We are obviously going to have more possession in some games than others and I said it after the Manchester City game, there are days when we are going to have to dig in and show a different side to our character in order to get results.

“The ability to do both sides of the game will stand us in good stead so it is now about getting consistency moving forward for the games that are coming up to try and repeat that and have whatever tools ready to pull out when we need them.”

Spurs face a Reading side who have become a household name in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League in recent years and Skinner went on to praise the work that the Berkshire club have done during their time in the top flight.

She said “I must give a massive amount of credit to Kelly (Chambers) and her team because they have been consistently around that top six.

“That takes a lot to produce that year in, year out and I think it is never an easy game, you never underestimate what Reading are going to offer you and that consistency is something that I am trying to get here at Spurs. We are a bit behind in terms of years in the WSL but it is definitely something that we are trying to aspire to.”

Tottenham Hotspur’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Reading at The Hive is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

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