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Onwards and upwards for Spurs Ladies - Karen

24 March 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Karen Hills reflected on Spurs Ladies' brave effort against Women's Super League side Notts County in the FA Women's Cup and declared: "We go forward from here."

The team performed with pride in arguably the biggest game in the club's history as they took their place in the fifth round of the FAWC for the first time since the mid-1990s and took on WSL opposition for the first time in a competitive match.

Notts County lined-up with eight past or present England internationals and another two Under-23s in their starting 11.

Undaunted, Spurs defended for their lives and continued to try to play their passing game under intense pressure.

Notts County led 1-0 at the break, scored a second a minute into the second half and then substitute Fiona O'Sullivan scored twice in the final three minutes to take the final scoreline to 4-0.

"The girls did everything we asked of them," said manager Karen, a FAWC winner in her playing days.

"We wanted to stay in the game as long as possible and although we were under pressure for long periods, we were also brave on the ball, we tried to play our football and tried to play out from the back rather than just knock it long.

"Notts County are a great team, packed full of internationals but we pushed them all the way. We can be proud of that."

The team return to FA Women's Premier League action against Keynsham at Ware FC on Sunday (March 29) and they have plenty still to look forward to this season.

Spurs are currently fourth and in touch with the top three and also have the Ryman Cup Final to look forward to against Charlton Ladies at Ware FC on Thursday, April 16.

"The girls took a lot out of the performance against Notts County," added Karen. "They left everything out there and no doubt learned plenty about themselves as well.

"They all stood up to be counted and we now have to take that forward for the rest of this season and beyond. That's the stage we want to be on."