Rehanne Skinner explains what Tottenham need to do to get the most out of Jessica Naz



Tottenham Hotspur boss Rehanne Skinner believes Jessica Naz has the potential to become a more dangerous presence after her match-winning strike against Everton.

The 21-year-old’s superb effort into the top-right corner on 51 minutes secured all three points for Spurs, who moved up to third in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

And Skinner insisted that if Spurs can be direct and get the ball to Naz in attacking positions more often, then the forward possesses the ability to add more goals to her tally.

“We started to win the ball higher and that led to a few transitions for us and presented more goal scoring opportunities. We came out in the second half with a clear purpose,” said Skinner.

“We knew what we needed to do. You could see it by the way we pressed, won the ball and were a little bit more direct and more positive in our attacking play.

“That was rewarded with Jess Naz, who is more than capable of scoring goals on a regular basis.

“Once we start to see her in those positions more frequently, we will see more goals out of her and it was a fantastic finish but she does that every day in training.

“It was a great finish and the timing was perfect for us to get that goal.”

Everton made the better start of the two sides before Skinner’s team registered their first real effort on target when Rachel Williams’ header flew inches over the crossbar.

But the Lilywhites began the second half on the front foot and finally broke the deadlock in the 51st minute after Naz directed her curling effort into the top corner.

Everton’s Anna Anvegard almost equalised when her angled shot hit the frame of the woodwork but Spurs held on to move back ahead of Manchester United – who had beaten Aston Villa 5-0 earlier in the day – into third place.

And Skinner feels the victory shows the progress her side has made over the last year.

“Since I’ve came in, we have managed to make some positive strides over the course of the 12 months and that was capped very nicely with that win against Everton,” she said.

“The game was one of two halves. We weren’t fantastic in the first half.

“But we managed to keep a foothold in the game. In the second half, we changed a couple of things and that put us in a position where we were able to win the game.

“We just needed to release some of the players higher up the pitch to ensure we put Everton under more pressure and fault their passes to make it more predictable for us.”

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