Perry Northeast described Pompey Ladies’ display in the 4-0 victory at Spurs as a ‘monumental performance’.
The Blues boss saw his team turn on the style to deal a blow to one of their main competitors at the top end of the FA Premier League southern division.
Perry NortheastThe performance against Spurs was a marked improvement in terms of how we defended resolutely and worked together as a team
It was a crunch match between the sides, with Pompey knowing a win would take them above Spurs and back up to fifth in the table.
They achieved that in fine style, with two goals from winger Lucy Quinn setting them on their way to victory.
Goalkeeper Courtney Trodd saved a penalty at a crucial time in the first half.
A double from Ini Umotong then put the gloss on the win for Pompey.
It was a stronger overall performance.
And Northeast felt his players stepped up a level to change their fortunes after four leagues games without a win.
He said: ‘It was a monumental performance in a season-defining game.
‘We knew the challenge. We knew the importance of the game and they really did stick to the task.
‘The players are switched on and they knew three points was a necessity.
‘They also knew it was achievable.
‘Going forward we have been putting teams on the back foot in recent matches, like against Charlton, Basildon, and Coventry.
‘The performance against Spurs was a marked improvement in terms of how we defended resolutely and worked together as a team.’
Umotong and fellow striker Katie George both went close to scoring early on against Spurs.
But it was Quinn who got the Blues off the mark with a clever goal – and she soon made it 2-0.
Northeast said: ‘It was quick thinking from Lucy Quinn and Sarah Kempson.
‘A short corner was taken by Sarah.
‘Lucy has seen that Spurs weren’t quite ready for it and put the ball into the net.
‘The second goal was good as well.
‘Instead of shooting from 25 yards, Sarah put Lucy through on goal and she finished it well.’
Northeast praised keeper Trodd who made an excellent penalty save to keep Pompey in charge, before Umotong then got the third two minutes later.
‘It is a one-on-one situation with a penalty and Courtney looked the more confidence one out of the two,’ said the Blues boss.
‘It’s psychological and she won the battle before the kick was taken.’
Pompey completed the scoring when Umotong made it 4-0 on 85 minutes.
She finished smartly after a good assist from Quinn.
As things stand, there is no game on Sunday so the Blues will next be in action when they host West Ham on Sunday, December 6.