Laws eyes spot in FA Cup semis

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SUNDERLAND Women goalkeeper Rachael Laws says there will be no fear factor when they take on Liverpool tomorrow.

The Super League side are on Wearside to face the Lady Black Cats in the FA Cup quarter-final at the Academy of Light (2pm).

The Reds have been big spenders in the transfer market this season, bringing in a number of top players, and are expected to mount a strong challenge this season.

But Laws says that while the Merseysiders are something of an unknown quantity, Sunderland – who are bidding to join a revamped two-division Super League next season – won’t be running scared.

“Liverpool have signed quite a few players this season, but we approach every team with the same mindset – whether it’s a team from the Super League or the National Premier,” she said.

“We know it will be a tough game though as they have some quality players.

“It’s a big occasion and we want to prove we’re more than good enough to be in there and compete,” she said.

Laws believes Sunderland are more than capable of getting a result against the Reds if they play to their best.

She added: “I feel like no matter who we play, on our day we are capable of beating anyone

“I don’t think we are too worried about them (Liverpool). We just approach every game the same, and do our best on the day to beat the team in front of us.

“People always expect Super League teams to win, but it’s a great chance for us to get into a semi-final. That’s what we are focused on.”

Sunderland have prepared well for the game with manager Mick Mulhern halding a team meeting on Thursday to go through a video of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with city rivals Everton last weekend.

“You have to prepare well for every game, but it’s even more important when you are playing on of the top teams,” he said.

“We had a good session, going through scenarios that will happen during the game and how we handle them.

“We’ve got nothing to lose. We will show them great respect, but no fear, and we’ll see what problems we can cause them.”

Sunderland are definitely without midfielder Rachel Furness, who suffered a knee injury in the 4-0 fifth round win against Manchester City, and will be out of action for three to six months.

Fellow central midfielder Kelly McDougall could start on the bench after a spell out of action through illness. Mulhern has one eye on next Sunday’s League Cup semi-final against Leeds United at Eppleton CW, and is hoping to have the Liverpudlian fit to start that game.

Forward Natalie Gutteridge is also out with injury but right-back Abby Holmes returns to the squad after knee and ankle injuries.

Tomorrow’s game is not open to the public.