Carlton Fairweather is looking to see Sunderland Ladies finish the Women’s Super League season with a flourish.
The Lady Black Cats travel to Notts County on Sunday with the pressure off them following their 4-1 win last time out at Doncaster.
Fairweather’s side are nine points above the drop zone and while safety is not mathematically guaranteed, the head coach is looking up rather than down.
Sunderland have three “winnable games” left, starting with the trip to Meadow Lane (kick-off 2pm).
In fact, a victory over the Magpies would lift the Lady Black Cats into sixth and above their hosts.
“Obviously, the main thing for us was that we stayed up,” said Fairweather. “Now we must set some good targets for the girls for the remainder of the season and that must involve finishing as high as we possibly can.
“We have three winnable games coming up against teams in and around where we are where we can get some points.
“A couple of months back we were playing the top teams which was a lot harder.”
Sixth is the highest the team can finish in WSL1 and they could pull that off with a double over Notts County, who they host in the return fixture on October 29. Sunderland finish the campaign on November 6 at home to Birmingham.
Fairweather is confident his side can kick on from that 4-1 win at Doncaster.
“We didn’t play as well as we can,” he said. “But, to be fair, we defended well and got the points.
“It was great to get the goals we got and we can build on that performance against Notts County.”
The sixth-placed Lady Pies are without a win in six matches which will give encouragement to Sunderland.