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14 March 2021 Venue Madejski Stadium Attendance

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Tottenham Hotspur Women

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🔜 Preview | Royals women welcome Spurs to Madejski

Reading FC Women return to action in RG2

12 March 2021

Kelly Chambers’ Royals are back at Madejski Stadium for the first time in exactly a month, as they take on Tottenham on Sunday.

Reading FC Women will be looking to bounce back from a bitterly disappointing loss on Monday against Bristol City, a result that saw them snap a four game undefeated streak that included draws with Arsenal, Aston Villa and Everton as well as a momentous win away to Manchester United.

In an exciting back-and-forth affair that has been dubbed by some publications as the best matches of the women’s season so far, Reading took the lead through Emma Harries, who scored her first goal for the Royals. The match then saw Kelly Chambers’ side go behind through a pair of goals from the Robins, draw level through Rachel Rowe, before eventually losing 3-2 due to a late goal from Bristol’s Ebony Salmon.

A result against Bristol would have seen Reading on level points with Everton, prior to the Toffees playing their game in hand on Thursday evening. However, the loss and a subsequent mid-week win for Everton, sees the Royals in 6th place, now six points behind Everton in 5th.

 

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Tottenham’s recent form guide

It has certainly been a season of ups and downs for the North Londoners. They went into their home fixture with the Royals in November on the back of four straight defeats. Draws with Reading and Bristol City followed before things got a lot better with a run of three consecutive victories. Now they arrive at the Madejski on Sunday following a second run of four straight defeats. Away defeats at Chelsea (4-0) and at Aston Villa (1-0) were followed by a 3-2 home defeat to Everton and their most recent outing last Sunday resulted in a 2-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion. They are currently in 8th place with seven points less than the Royals, but they have played two games less. Their 15 league goals have been shared between 10 players – with two own goals. The side’s top scorers, with two goals each, are Angela Addison, Ashleigh Neville, and last year’s on-loan striker Alex Morgan, both of which came from the penalty spot.

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The Tottenham squad – an update

Since the Royals’ visit to The Hive last November, Rehanne Skinner has replaced former Head Coaches Karen Hills and Juan Amoros. Rehanne joined from the FA where she had been England Women's National Team Assistant Head Coach to Phil Neville since September, having initially joined them three years earlier as Women's National Head Coach (U18-U21s). One of her early pieces of business was the permanent signings of the loanees Alanna Kennedy and Shelina Zadorsky from Orlando Pride. Abbie McManus has also been signed on loan for the remainder of the season from Manchester United. The 28-year-old England defender had previously spent more than a decade at Manchester City. Another player arriving on loan is So-hyun Cho from West Ham United. The 32-year-old playmaker is one of South Korea’s most decorated women’s players and currently holds the record for most caps for the national team with 126. Whilst Alex Morgan has returned to the United States, 18-year-old Esther Morgan has stepped up from the club’s Academy and made her debut at right-back against Everton at the end of February. First choice goalkeeper is currently Norwegian Aurora Mikalsen who moved to North London from Manchester United last July.

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Last season’s home fixture with Tottenham revisited

Tottenham arrived at Adams Park on December 15th, 2019 after a successful start to their first season in the WSL. Four wins and one draw from their first nine fixtures had put them in 6th place and they had two points more than Kelly Chambers’ side.

Reading started strongly and would have been ahead in the fourth minute if not for a spectacular double save by Becky Spencer, with both efforts from Fara Williams. Other than that, the first half was generally a quiet affair with neither side able to take control. The deadlock was broken however, in the 53rd minute when the visitors’ Kit Graham cleverly took her corner to the edge of the box where Dutch international Siri Worm took one touch and brilliantly curled the ball into the top left-hand corner.

Reading stepped up a gear and levelled in the 78th minute when Spencer fumbled a Williams corner and the ball fell to Jo Potter who made no mistake from close range. 

With the game heading for a draw, three minutes from time Remi Allen reacted first to poke home a bouncing ball in the box. With Tottenham throwing bodies forward in added time, Amalie Eikeland broke clear and slotted past Morgan to clinch an excellent 3-1 win for the Royals. The three points saw Reading leapfrog Tottenham in the table as they moved up to 6th place.

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Reading FC Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women | Sunday 14th March | 12.30pm | Madejski Stadium | Live on FA Player.

 

 

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Match Reports

📝 Report | Point and Cleansheet for Royals against Spurs

Goalless draw against Tottenham in RG2

14 March 2021

Reading FC Women bounced back from defeat in last week’s game against Bristol with a valuable point and encouraging cleansheet in a goalless clash against Tottenham women at Madejski Stadium.

Reading showed their intentions within the first minute, as Emma Harries sprinted through the middle towards goal. She was put under pressure by the visiting defence and forced into the corner, where her cross was blocked.

Several chances followed for Reading, with Amalie Eikeland seeming to be the target for Captain Natasha Harding and Angharad James’ crosses from the right, but the Tottenham defence kept tight to the Norwegian.

Tottenham had sporadic pressure going forward, but the majority of the first half belonged to Reading as they knocked the ball around calmly, looking for opportunities to break forward through Harries and Eikeland.

Reading came inches away from securing the lead just before half-time, as Jess Fishlock’s thunderous shot proved too much for Spurs keeper Aurora Mickleson, but the ball smashed off the post and away to ensure both sides went into the break on level pegging.

Half-time: Reading FC Women 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur Women

Very much like the beginning of the first-half, Reading came straight out of the blocks with a chance. This time Eikeland found space on the right and fired off a shot, which crept across the face of the Tottenham goal and out for a goal-kick.

It was Spurs’ turn for an attempt on goal next as Rosella Ayane put a great ball into the box for Angela Addison, who was stretching and couldn’t quite get the contact she wanted as the ball went high over the bar.

It was Ayane herself who had the next significant chance, shooting from close range only to be stopped by a superb save from Grace Moloney.

Moloney was called into action once again as a defensive fumble from the Royals meant she had to clear the ball off her own line with her feet.

The Royals keeper was busy a little later, as she pulled off yet another incredible save, this time to deny Alanna Kennedy from point-blank range with less than five minutes remaining. Reading’s number one stopping Kennedy’s header at close range with a spectacular save.

The final whistle blew shortly afterwards, Reading securing a point and a cleansheet at home to get back on track.

Full-time: Reading FC Women 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur Women

Reading FC Women: Moloney, Leine, Mitchell, Bartrip, Woodham (Cooper 81’), Harding, Williams, James, Fishlock (Roberts 81’), Eikeland, Harries (Carter 76’).

Substitutes not used: Nayler, Childerhouse, Jeon, Flores.

Tottenham Hotspur Women: Mikalsen, Zadorsky, Green (Quinn 66’), Davison, Percival, Addison (Graham 66’), Worm, Kennedy, McManus, Ayane, Morgan.

Substitutes not used: Martin, Harrop, Peplow, Dean.

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