Robinson’s hoping Sunderland Ladies won’t be stung

Claire Robinson.
Claire Robinson.
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SUNDERLAND Ladies coach Claire Robinson says the squad has to keep its discipline and concentration when they travel away to face strugglers London Bees tomorrow.

The Bees have won just of their dozen games this season while the Black Cats have not lost one of theirs.

But Robinson warns that an upset could be on the cards if the Wearsiders fail to adopt the right approach.

“A lot of it is about how we focus, how we approach the game ourselves,” she told the Echo.

“One thing we will not be doing is disrespecting them because of their league position.

“We’re top of the table and rightly so because of our efforts; London Bees are near the bottom, that’s the reality of the situation.

“But it’s still a game that both teams will be looking to win and they have home advantage.

“The important thing is that we don’t go in there thinking we’ve already won the game because nothing will be given to us - we need to work hard for every result.”

The Black Cats have notched back-to-back victories to reinforce their place at the top of the WSL2 table, five points ahead of Doncaster, and could field an unchanged side for tomorrow’s 1pm kick-off.

“We have to make sure everyone recovers well from a demanding couple of games in a busy fixture list,” Robinson pointed out.

“Having named an unchanged side and gained victories in our last two matches, it might be that we go for the same again.

“But the comfort is that we have a decent sized squad and if we want to switch it around then we can.”

The last time the two teams met, back in May, England Under 20 striker Beth Mead was Sunderland’s goal hero in a 1-0 win.

And the 19-year-old who has scored in her last two games hopes her good run of form continues.

“We want to keep our unbeaten run going and take as many points away from Doncaster as possible,” the striker said.

“Every time we get a good result it puts even more pressure on them to catch us.

“London Bees haven’t been doing so well but it doesn’t mean they can’t pull one out of the bag.

“As for me, I’m glad that I’ve managed to find the back of the net a few times now since coming back from England duty because I had a bit of a drought earlier.

“I’m feeling good though at the moment and hopefully that will continue from now until the end of the season.”