Eartha Pond: Spurs Ladies were rewarded for sticking to their game plan in late victory over QPR
Left-back Eartha Pond says Spurs Ladies were rewarded for their patience, persistence and belief as they stuck to their game plan and scored three late goals to finally end QPR’s resistance on Wednesday.
Karen Hills’ side were frustrated for most of the game but eventually broke the deadlock in the 80th minute, with Bianca Baptiste pouncing on the rebound after Pond’s penalty was saved – and Pond then struck two fine goals from 25 and 30 yards respectively in the 90th and 94th minutes to wrap up a 3-0 victory.
It meant Tottenham returned to winning ways after their 1-1 draw against C&K Basildon on Sunday, and they have now emerged triumphant in five of their six opening fixtures in the Women’s Premier League Southern Division, leaving them top of the table.
Pond said: “It’s always communicated through our coaching staff - we always need to stick to our game plan and not get frustrated, because we have the quality there, it’s just a matter of time before the ball goes in the back of the net. Obviously we only have 90 minutes so hopefully it goes in within that time span!
“There are experienced players here and we know if we keep pressing on, keep doing what we do, eventually hopefully we’ll have a bit of luck on our side and it’ll go in the back of the net.
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“It was a fantastic performance by the girls. Obviously we were a bit disappointed about the weekend’s draw but the aim for was to make sure we had four points by the end of the week.
“This is quite a tight league, you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s not about getting a goal and sitting back, it’s about continuing to do the good things well, pressing from the front and making sure that when teams play us it’s going to be a hard game – not just for 90 minutes but until 120 minutes when the ref blows that whistle. We’re going to work hard as a team – press, press, press all the time - and hopefully get our just rewards.”
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Pond, who came off the bench in the 51st minute against QPR, continued: “The depth in the squad is amazing. I don’t think you can find a squad such as ours in our league – consistent across all different positions.
“I think that’s the kind of togetherness we have as a team. When you get your opportunity everyone’s just determined to go on there and actually prove a point, and try and win that shirt to start in the next game.
“Everyone’s pushing on each other to do well. It’s not ‘oh I want to play, I don’t want this person to do well’ - it’s almost like ‘yes, I want to play well but when someone else comes on I also want them to do well’. At the end of the day we’re a team and we all want the same goal.”