Carlton Fairweather was left “disappointed” at Sunderland Ladies’ defeat at Manchester City in their top-of-the-table Women’s Super League clash.
It was a must-win game for both clubs if either had the chance of overhauling leaders Chelsea who beat Notts County earlier in the day to strengthen their grip on top spot/
We just needed to be a bit more clinical in and around the final third.
Sunderland started the day third behind Chelsea and Arsenal, the Gunners having leapfrogged the Lady Black Cats and City with a 2-0 win at Liverpool on Saturday.
Fairweather’s side had plenty of the play at the City Academy Stadium, but England keeper Karen Bardsley made saves from Brooke Chaplen, Abbey Joice and Beth Mead.
“I was pleased with the way we played and the fantastic attitude the players showed,” said Fairweather.
“It’s just a shame we could not get the result.
“We caused them some problems, we created a couple of opportunities and some half-chances.
“We just needed to be a bit more clinical in and around the final third.
The only goal of the contest came on a City break just seconds after Bardsley had saved from Chaplen and Fairweather was upset his side conceded a header from one of the smallest players on the park, Izzy Christiansen.
Man City stormed forward with the midfielder heading in Krystle Johnston’s inch-perfect cross from the right.
“I’m disappointed with the goal,” said Fairweather.
“We almost scored at their end and then the break with the girl who scored running off one of our midfielders.”