Sunderland Ladies target return to winning ways at Yeovil

Sunderland Ladies battle against Chelsea in last week's 7-0 defeat at Eppleton CW. Picture by Kevin Brady.
Sunderland Ladies battle against Chelsea in last week's 7-0 defeat at Eppleton CW. Picture by Kevin Brady.
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Sunderland Ladies manager Mel Reay hopes to get back to winning ways in tomorrow’s Women’s Super League Spring Series trip to pointless Yeovil (2pm).

The Wearsiders have suffered successive heavy defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea since picking up five points from their first three matches of the season.

And Reay wants a return to the defensive solidity which brought clean sheets in those opening matches, 0-0 draws with Birmingham and Arsenal, and a 1-0 win over Bristol City.

“It was a difficult week – we travelled away to Liverpool in midweek and then had Chelsea at home, and it was a disappointing week with the results,” admitted Reay.

“We’ve spent a good couple of sessions in the classroom debriefing and asking ourselves why it happened.

“We’ve come up with some answers, so we’re hoping to put it right at Yeovil.

“Morale does take a hit when you suffer a heavy defeat, but it’s my job and the staff’s job to make sure the players are ready for Sunday.

“We’ll make sure we’re ready for the long trip to Yeovil.

“It’s definitely a chance to put things right – that’s how we fix things, getting back on the pitch in a competitive environment and ensuring we put the things into it that we didn’t against Chelsea.

“It’s three games in seven days to finish the Spring Series, starting with the long tirp to Yeovil, which is a tough way to finish. But we’ll take it one game at a time and look to finish the Spring Series on a high.”

Yeovil have lost all six matches so far in their top-flight bow, but they have managed to score in four of the games, while Sunderland have struck just once.

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