Ashleigh Neville says Tottenham fully deserve to have won promotion to the Women’s Super League.
Spurs’ 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Wednesday was enough to secure second spot in the Championship behind Manchester United.
Neville proved to be the hero for Spurs, with the full-back’s late goal-line clearance ensuring Spurs grabbed the point they needed to go up.
Jessica Naz opened the scoring for Spurs in the second minute, but Amy West’s fine finish after the break set up a nervy finale for the visitors.
“To clear it off the line in the 90th minute – when, if the goal would have gone in, it would have been game over – was crazy, one of the best feelings ever,” Neville told the FA.com.
“Chloe (Morgan) pulled off a great save from the free-kick and I just knew it was going to come back in, so I thought I’d stay on the line and luckily it came straight to my head.
“There was a lot of pressure on us tonight and we wanted to get it done and dusted, so we can enjoy the last game.
“Achieving promotion is massive. I have only been at the club two years but there’s girls who have been here 10, 12, 13 years that have worked their way up from the bottom.
“To have only been in this league two seasons, to be part-time, working in the day, it’s amazing.
“It’s the first draw we’ve had this season so what a way to get promoted. It could have been a better performance from us tonight but we got there, so that’s all that matters.”
The result means Spurs have avoided a final-day showdown at third-placed Durham, with the north east side now four points adrift of the top two spots.
Promotion to the WSL comes just a few days after the club announced it would be renamed Tottenham Hotspur Women from next season.
Former Birmingham City general manager, Heather Cowan, has joined Spurs as Head of Women’s Football to oversee the club’s move into the top flight.
Cowan boasts plenty of experience in the women’s game and her appointment should help to keep Spurs moving in the right direction.
“I am thrilled to have joined Spurs at a time where women’s football is really starting to flourish,” she told the club’s official website.
“The club has a wonderful opportunity to create an exciting future and a lasting legacy in the women’s game and I’m looking forward to playing a part in that.
“We shall be working hard to develop a structure and culture that enables talented female footballers to thrive.
“We’re striving for continued success and to build something that fans, players and staff are all proud to be a part of.”
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