Tottenham Women 0 - 1 Aston Villa: Petzelberger punishes Spurs for missed chances

Tottenham Hotspur Women fell 1-0 to Aston Villa Women in Spurs’ first game back after a Covid outbreak at the training ground.

Ramona Petzelberger’s late goal capped off an evening of missed connections, and dashed Spurs’ remaining Champions League aspirations,

Spurs now face another three weeks without a game during international break and FA cup games.

Coach Rehanne Skinner made just a few tweaks from the March 13th loss to Manchester City, with Jessica Naz coming in for Cho So-Hyun

Ashleigh Neville returning to fullback after her fruitful adventures farther up the pitch, and Ria Percival moving up into midfield.

Spurs looked disjointed and disoriented, perhaps understandably so after two weeks off.

Spurs’ own press was uncharacteristically disorganized. Villa had no trouble playing through it

Each side traded early chances—After just ten minutes, Ash Neville intercepted a Villa pass and found Jessica Naz

The good news is Spurs are still solidly in 5th with 3 points, two (albeit difficult) games in hand, and quite a bit of goal difference over Brighton.