Sunderland Ladies’ Bannon says watching their video nasty will make sure it never happens again

Boss Carlton Fairweather, second left, has words with his team after the heavy defeat.
Boss Carlton Fairweather, second left, has words with his team after the heavy defeat.

Steph Bannon says Sunderland Ladies will sit through their FA Cup humbling in a bid to make sure it “never happens again”.

The Lady Black Cats were taken apart 7-0 by Arsenal in a one-sided semi-final at Borehamwood on Sunday.

Captain Bannon and the players will watch the DVD of the tie and look to put right the wrongs, and there were many, for Saturday’s WSL1 trip to Liverpool.

After such a chastening experience perhaps drawing a line under it would be a better solution, but the defender says it has to be done.

“We can’t completely bury it, we need to review it, assess it,” said the 27-year-old.

“We’ll watch it back to see where it went wrong, see where the improvements need to be made to make sure it never happens again.

“We have to take it on the chin but then make sure we’re ready for the next game.”

That game is just three days away, a vital awayday at Widnes.

Boss Carlton Fairweather, assistant Mel Reay and Bannon must get the squad ready and there will be an onus on the captain.

“It does hurt, but we do need to move on as fast as we can,” she told the Echo.

“It wasn’t good enough, it was embarrassing, but we need to go again, we have a league game on Saturday night.

“It’s on my shoulders, it’s my responsibility as captain to make sure the dressing room is ready to go, that the players aren’t disheartened.”

Bannon said Sunderland found a couple of positives from the weekend’s rout, that it happened in the SSE FA Cup rather than WSL1.

“The only good thing that it wasn’t a league game, it doesn’t affect our WSL1 position,” she said.

“And the fact we were annihilated means that we don’t want that to ever happen again.

“Hopefully we can put it behind us and push on in the league.”

They will be coming up against a Liverpool side who are overcoming their own adversity.

Two-time champions Liverpool went from 2014 WSL1 champs to seventh last year with only four victories.

They have a new boss in Scott Rogers plus a multitude of fresh faces, including Netherlands striker Shanice Van De Sanden and England keeper Siobhan Chamberlain.

And their new-look side began in good fashion when they beat Birmingham City 1-0 at the Select Security Stadium.