First-half display cost us, admits Sunderland Ladies striker Mead

Sunderland Ladies striker Beth Mead (left) battles Notts County's Laura Bassett
Sunderland Ladies striker Beth Mead (left) battles Notts County's Laura Bassett
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BETH Mead added another Women’s Super League 1 goal to her tally last night, but admitted “it didn’t mean anything” as Sunderland Ladies suffered back-to-back defeats.

The Lady Black Cats opened and closed the scoring at Meadow Lane but were blown away by four first-half Notts County goals.

After Sunday’s 4-1 defeat at Arsenal, Sunderland needed a good start and Mead gave them that with a brilliant fifth-minute goal from Vicky Greenwell’s ball forward.

Mead was denied by a good 17th-minute stop by Carly Telford, with County’s ex-Sunderland stopper also saving superbly from a Sarah McFadden header shortly afterwards.

But Carlton Fairweather’s side were undone by three home goals in eight minutes, through Dani Buet’s deflected 21st-minute free-kick, Ellen White (23) and Jess Clarke (29), with Rachel Williams heading in a fourth goal eight minutes from the interval.

“Our first-half performance let us down,” admitted Mead, Sunderland’s three-goal top scorer.

“We knew we had to hit the ground running after Sunday (at Arsenal) and we did.

“But after our goal, we were a bit naive and we’d lost the game by half-time.

“We played better in the second half but by then we were out of it.

“I think we were all disappointed with our performance, we know we are better than that, we let ourselves down.

“They took their chances but we didn’t do the same unfortunately.

“It was nice to get a goal and I was happy with my finish, but it didn’t mean anything in the end unfortunately.”

There was, thankfully, an improvement after the interval and Tori Williams headed in her first goal since joining the Wearsiders.

Mead also had a great chance but was inches wide with her trusty right foot.

“We played with a bit more pride and we were the better side in the second half,” said the England U23 forward.

“We were more sensible in our play and had some good chances.

“But we lost it in the first half.”