Skinner’s Spurs make history as victory over Liverpool puts them in semi-finals

Manchester City await in last four of the Continental Tyres League Cup

Thursday, 27th January — By Catherine Etoe

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Spurs boss Rehanne Skinner. Photo: Pedro Soares/SPP

“I LOVE a good cup,” declared Spurs head coach Rehanne Skinner this week as she looked back on a historic moment for the club.

Tottenham made it into the last four of a major competition for the first time in their history last Wednesday after edging Championship side Liverpool 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres League Cup. On the same night, five-time Conti Cup winners Arsenal crashed out after losing 1-0 to Manchester United, while holders Chelsea progressed after a 4-2 win over West Ham.

Although he admitted to being disappointed, Gunners boss Jonas Eidevall said afterwards: “If there is any competition I can take a loss, it would be in the Conti Cup.”

The same could not be said for Skinner, who was assistant to Laura Harvey in 2011 when Arsenal won the cup in its inaugural year to complete a treble-winning season.

“I’ve got a special place in my heart for the first season of the Women’s Super League and obviously the Conti Cup and FA Cup that year, so it’s definitely a positive,” she said.

As for the here and now, Skinner added that achieving a historic first for Spurs by making the semi-final was a fillip for her players, who deserved all the plaudits.

“We didn’t talk about it before the game,” she said. “After we were aware of it and spoke about it, that elevated the result a bit more for them because we’ve said we want to drive this club forward as a collective, and when things like that happen it helps to show the progress that they’ve contributed to massively.

“It’s a massive credit to the players and their application, sticking to game plans and sticking onboard with each other.

“Whatever happens next, we are still trying to make sure that we elevate the position of Tottenham and our reputation in the WSL as contenders.”

A tough trip to three-time Conti Cup winners Manchester City now awaits Spurs on February 3, with Emma Hayes’ Chelsea set to host Manchester United the previous evening.

There is more knockout action this weekend, with the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Holders Chelsea face Aston Villa on Saturday, and Arsenal will entertain London City Lionesses live on the BBC red button at 12.30pm on Sunday, while Spurs host Leicester City at 2pm.

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