Tottenham manager Rehanne Skinner said the recent break from action was a tricky challenge after her team found a late leveller at home to Manchester United in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
In her team’s first league game for over a month, it looked like they would be edged out by Alessia Russo’s superb finish just before half-time.
But Spurs rallied in the second half creating a number of good chances, before Ria Percival’s late free-kick secured a well-earned point.
Playing for the first time since a WSL cup group stage game on 13 October, the Tottenham boss was left relatively pleased with a point, particularly after such a long break from competitive games.
“It’s a little bit of a challenge when we’ve had a break from the league games,” Skinner said.
“Nothing quite replicates the competitiveness of the game. But we train as we want to play. I stress training has to be harder than the game.
“Then when we come to the pressure moments, we think with clarity and we don’t get bogged down with stuff.”
Skinner had the added task of facing former assistant and namesake Marc Skinner, in the United dugout.
His team looked to be heading for a win, until Percival pinched a point. It was the minimum Tottenham deserved, with their manager pleased with her sides resilience.
Skinner added: “We needed to make sure we came back out flying. With everything we have built to this point, we need to restart like that going into the next set of fixtures.
“Every point matters, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing.
“We want to give a good account of ourselves and keep showing our identity moving forward.
“Disciplined. Organised. Patient. And committed to still working to the final whistle. That’s a non-negotiable for us.
“I think you’re starting to see that with the responses we had. We’ve done it again today.
“You have to commit to it (attacking), two-nil is no different to one-nil for me. So you need to get back into the game to get a point.”
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Source by Football London