Baptiste is happy to assist after her role in Spurs Ladies’ cup victory
PUBLISHED: 17:13 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:13 22 November 2016
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Spurs Ladies striker Bianca Baptiste was happy to play a creative role and set up Wendy Martin’s strike at Leyton Orient on Sunday, rather than adding to her own impressive goal haul.
Tottenham held a narrow lead in the Capital Women’s Senior Cup tie after Renee Hector’s opener, but Baptiste came off the bench and set up Martin as the Lilywhites triumphed 2-0 and progressed to the semi-finals.
“I think it was a bit of pressure considering it was only 1-0, but we always work as a team and the girls know how I play,” said Baptiste.
“Some of my decision-making was good but others weren’t so good. But I went to take a strike, it got blocked and I got the ball again, and I knew what the best thing to do was.
“I saw Wendy on the right side of me and placed it to her instead of shooting again, and she slotted it home and so I was happy with that.
“I know that at the moment on a personal level I’ve played 10 games and scored nine goals, so that’s better than last season as I only scored 10 throughout the whole campaign.
“I’ve realised that I’m performing a lot better than last year, especially with the team playing the way we are. With the momentum we have, and that fact that we work well as a team and the way which we work hard for each other, it always gives us that extra bit of pleasure when we win games.”
Karen Hills’ Lilywhites remain undefeated in all competitions this season, and Baptiste says the squad’s ability to adapt to different situations has been a key factor.
“Coming to away games not knowing what the pitch is going to be like – things such as what boots to bring, whether it’s studs or moulds – we’re just always preparing mentally before how we’re going to play, to be ready for what we’re going to be coming up against,” she said.
“Playing at our home ground we know exactly what to expect and when we come away it’s just a different environment so we always have to keep that in mind. But it doesn’t matter where we play as we’re always ready.”
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