Tottenham Hotspur Women’s head coach Karen Mills says her players must improve if they’re to make an impact in the top flight next season.
Spurs were defeated 6-0 by Arsenal in a pre-season friendly on Sunday, a result that highlighted the difference in quality between the two sides.
Jill Roord scored a hat-trick for the Gunners, with Jennifer Beattie, Jordan Nobbs and Vivianne Miedema weighing in with the other goals.
“We lost to a strong side, but we’re going to keep pushing forward and we’ll get better and better,” Mills told the club’s official website. “In the first half, I was disappointed to concede two goals from two set-pieces.
“I thought we were doing well in defence to hold them and they didn’t create many clear-cut opportunities, but it just took them two corners to go ahead. We’ve got to be better in situations like that, because we were poor and switched off.
“For us now, it’s important to reflect on the performance and prepare for what’s next. These are the kind of games we’ll be playing in week in, week out, so our players need to get used to the standard and be more aggressive.”
Mills and fellow head coach, Juan Amoros, have been busy this summer, adding eight new players to the squad that won promotion from the Championship last season.
The duo penned new contracts ahead of the game, but saw their new-look team ruthlessly dismantled by the reigning Women’s Super League champions.
Roord, Kim Little and Danielle van de Donk dominated proceedings in the middle of the park, while Miedema proved too hot to handle further forward.
Despite the heavy defeat, Amoros believes the team will have learnt plenty from the game and has backed them to improve over the coming weeks.
“We knew that today was going to be a tough challenge and it’s obviously disappointing to lose but, for us, we are learning,” he said.
“We know the standard is a big step up from last season and we are going to be playing against some of the best players in the world – we want to compete with them so we’ll look at the positives and the negatives, move on from it and improve.”
Spurs begin the new season with a visit to Chelsea on September 8, before hosting Liverpool the following Sunday. They end September with an away match at West Ham United on September 29.
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