Bannon insists Sunderland Ladies are not getting carried away as top beckons

Steph Bannon.

Steph Bannon.

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Steph Bannon says Sunderland Ladies are keeping their “feet firmly on the ground” even though they could go top of the Women’s Super League tonight.

Victory for the third-placed Lady Black Cats at basement strugglers Bristol would lift them above Arsenal and leaders Chelsea (kick-off 6.30pm).

After hammering the Blues seven days ago, Carlton Fairweather’s side will start as overwhelming favourites this evening at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.

But skipper Bannon says Sunderland will take nothing for granted and pointed out that the 4-0 result at Hetton is proof of that.

“It definitely won’t be easy at Bristol,” said the in-form central defender.

“Us beating Chelsea shows that anyone can beat anyone else.

“Arsenal only won 1-0 at Birmingham who were down to 10 players, so there are no easy games, that’s what we need to remember.

“We’ll keep our feet firmly on the ground.

“Chelsea was a great night for us and the club and our fans, but that’s been and gone now.

“We’re not the underdogs this weekend, we must perform at the best of our ability to get a result.”

Bristol, who played in the Champions League this season, are fighting for their lives and have just two points from eight games.

But they are only a point behind Birmingham and will be desperate for a result this evening.

Bannon is well aware of that and while Sunderland could go top – for 20 hours at least – she does not want the players getting carried away and is keen to continue from where they left off against Chelsea.

“That was definitely not the end of our season,” she said.

“We will take every game as it comes and, ultimately, we want to get as many points on the board as possible.

“Our season has gone brilliantly so far but we’re not mathematically safe yet.

“We want more nights like last Saturday.”

The win over Chelsea was one of the highlight’s of Bannon’s career and, doubtless, her team-mates.

“If you asked before the game would I have been happy with a point, I’d have said yes!” she said.

“But I felt Chelsea had to get beaten at some point and why shouldn’t it be us?

“Did I think we could win 4-0? I’m not sure, but that’s football, some days the underdogs come out on top.

“We played to our gameplan and it worked, we played very well.

“We’ve set our standards high since beat Liverpool in the first game of the season and we’ve now set them higher still. We’ve got to keep at that level now.”