Furness: We still need to step it up

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MIDFIELDER Rachel Furness says Sunderland Women are still waiting to click into top gear this season.

The Lady Black Cats – Premier League champions for the last two seasons – lead the way again this campaign with five wins and a draw from their six league games.

It’s a great record, but Furness says there has been plenty of disappointment in the camp over their performances so far.

“If im honest, I think as a team we haven’t got out of second gear,” said the 24-year-old from Washington.

“We are unbeaten but every week we come off the pitch disappointed with our performance.

“We set such high standards for ourselves and so we know we have to improve if we are to retain the title this year.”

Sunderland have a chance to add to their points tally tomorrow when they entertain Charlton at Eppleton CW (1pm).

The Londoners are ninth in the league with seven points from six games.

The last time both teams met was back in March, when Sunderland won 2-0 with goals from Furness and Natalie Gutteridge.

But Furness says there will be no complacency in the camp tomorrow.

“It is very difficult being the top team – we are the team everyone wants to beat,” she said.

“Teams draw with us and they celebrate like they have won the league. I guess this just shows the respect and presence we have in the league.

“For every team playing us, it is their final so we have to be on our game every week. Every game is a potential banana skin.

“We know on our day we are the best team in the league but we have to stay concentrated, motivated and hungry for results. We want to keep our unbeaten run going and to carry on being successful.”

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