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Becky Spencer: 'It took us a bit of time to grow into the game'

Mon 29 March 2021, 19:30|Tottenham Hotspur

Despite the result, goalkeeper Becky Spencer saw Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as an important learning opportunity.

Becky pulled off a number of key saves in the first half, keeping us in the game, but goals from Caitlin Foord, Vivianne Miedema and Katie McCabe secured the three points for the visitors.

Although our second-half performance was much improved, we were unable to get back in the game and score a goal - something Becky believed we deserved to do.

Speaking on N17 Live at full-time, Becky was disappointed with the result but focused on the positives.

“I think it took us a bit of time to grow into the game,” she said. “The goals we conceded, we could have nullified them and it could have been easily avoided, but going into the second half 2-0 down, you leave yourself a mountain to climb. 

“In the second half we were much better and I think the team looked a lot more confident when the subs came on and made a difference to what we were doing. If we can put that second half performance into next week then we should be able to get a good result. 

“It’s always disappointing, but as a team we always concede the goals together. We’re going to have to go back to the classroom and have a look at how we can avoid those situations again.

“We wanted more of the first half (at half-time). We enjoyed quite a lot of the ball in the first half and had a lot of confidence playing out from the back. For us, it was about trying to do it higher up the pitch and scoring a goal. I think we at least deserved a goal out of the game. 

“It’s nice to have Rach (Williams) back on the pitch who’s been out for a while, and Quinny (Lucy Quinn) because they just bring a bit more energy. It is such a big pitch, everyone was getting tired towards the end of the game, so it was good when they came on because it gave us something else to aim for.”

With a final message to our supporters watching from home, Becky added: “I want to thank everyone for watching. We missed you here and we missed that 12th player that we needed today. So hopefully you’ll be back with us soon.”

Becky on Spurs TV