Matilda Vinberg: Netting first Spurs goal is ‘a special feeling’

Having netted her first Tottenham goal, Matilda Vinberg spoke to the media pitchside to break down her performance in an important 1-0 win for Spurs over Leicester City at Brisbane Road

The match marked her first start in the Barclays Women’s Super League since joining this January, and Vinberg spoke post-match of how it feels to get her first goal for the club, and what it means in relation to her place in the team.

‘It feels amazing really, it’s a relief to get my first goal and take the opportunity well to show Robert [and] the supporters that it’s important for me to have playing time. It’s a special feeling,’ she explained.

Having moved to Tottenham from Hammarby IF at the start of the year, it has taken some time to fully settle in in England for the 21-year-old, however she was full of praise for her teammates and coach for the role that they’ve played in helping her adapt to such a change.

‘Obviously it was tough in the beginning to settle into the team, but now it’s finally starting to feel much better. The team and the girls have been amazing, it’s been easy to settle in.’

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‘He [Vilahamn] knew me before I joined the club, so for me it was easy to come here, knowing that it would take time. Robert was really calm and clear with what process he saw with me and put no stress on me.’

Joining the WSL at such a young age, having never played in a league outside of Sweden before, would certainly have posed a challenge. However, Vinberg spoke of how the large Swedish contingent in the WSL as a whole has helped her through the process. Charli Grant also touched on the role of the Damallsvenskan when FromTheSpot spoke to her at Hotspur Way last week.

‘It’s been great, coming from the Swedish league [Damallsvenskan] and there being other Swedish players in the WSL. Also having a coach who is Swedish as well has been really easy. It’s a safe thing to have in the team, and to also know you can talk to them in your own language as well.’

Sunday’s win puts Spurs six points ahead of Leicester City in the table, and keeps them firmly in the top half. It has been an impressive season for the Lilywhites, with the Adobe Women’s FA Cup semifinal against the Foxes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the horizon, and Vinberg finished off by speaking on the importance of Sunday’s match in the context of their season and how they are improving as a team.

‘It’s really important of course. To have a clean sheet and win, it’s very important for the table as well. I think it’s a good way to face them today to see what we can improve and develop before we face them at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.’

‘We’re taking steps in every single game, we are improving in different ways every single game. It’s a process and it will take time, but we can definitely be a top team in the future.’