SUNDERLAND Ladies need to respond from Sunday’s horror show when they travel to Notts County for their fifth Women’s Super League 1 fixture.
That was the admission from skipper Steph Bannon after the Lady Black Cats were beaten 4-1 at Arsenal at the weekend.
Losing to a team like the Gunners, who are expected to be WSL1 title challengers, is no disgrace and few sides in any form of football go through life without taking a beating.
And Carlton Fairweather’s side are still in the top half of the table.
But Sunday must be the exception rather than the rule for Sunderland Ladies, given the amount of games – 14 in WSL1.
“We need to look at ourselves,” said an honest Bannon.
“We need to do better than what we did on Sunday.
“We are frustrated and upset because we didn’t play anywhere like what we can do.
“When you go to a team like Arsenal, you have got to perform to the best of your ability just to give yourself a chance in the game.
“Unfortunately, we haven’t done that and when you lose like that you just want another game to go at.
“We have that at Notts County where we can hopefully put all the wrongs of Sunday right.”
The Lady Black Cats go to Meadow Lane to play a Notts County side just one point and one place below the in the table.
“At the start of the season a few people tipped them to be up at the top,” said Bannon, whose side are fourth in the top flight.
“They have some great players n their side, internationals and good young players.
“They have a lot of talent and we know they’ll also work very hard.
“We’ll need to be at our best.”
Bannon gave credit to Arsenal for their football at Meadow Park but admitted the girls in blue gave them a helping hand.
“It was a tough game,” said the 26-year-old.
“Technically, they were very good on the ball and their movement was very good.
“They caused us a few problems but we didn’t play to the best of our ability.”