Time to reassess after top-flight status secured, says Sunderland boss

Sunderland Ladies boss Carlton Fairweather
Sunderland Ladies boss Carlton Fairweather
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Carlton Fairweather will have to reassess the targets for his Sunderland Ladies’ side after they secured their top-flight status with half the season still to play.

The Lady Black Cats went top of WSL 1 after thumping Bristol 4-1 at Stoke Gifford, mathematically securing their status after just nine games of their debut top-flight campaign.

It was the club’s third win in a week after the 4-0 win over Chelsea and a Continental Cup win over Durham.

And Fairweather admits the squad will have to re-think their aims for the rest of the season, now safety has been secured.

“It’s a very important result, to make us safe, which was the main objective at the start of the season,” said Fairweather.

“The pressure is never off in football, as pleased as we are about being safe.

“Myself and Mel [Reay] will have a chat about it and we’ll adjust the objectives again.

“Then we might need to change them again before the end of the season but that’s all for the future,” the former Wimbledon defender told the club’s website.

Fairweather heaped praise on the squad ahead of Wednesday night’s match against Everton Ladies FC at the Hetton Centre (KO 7.30pm).

“The player have worked so hard and adapted to the training and the standard of the league so well,” added Fairweather.

“We defend really well, though we had a bit of a blip when we let in eight in two games but we recovered and learned from that.

“I am really enjoying myself because I look forward to every training session that we have and every game that we have.

“I came into it with my eyes wide open, but it has been a pleasure to be involved in this, to coach the girls alongside Mel.”