Sunderland Ladies boss Fairweather demands a winning performance

Carlton Fairweather SAFC Ladies coach.
Carlton Fairweather SAFC Ladies coach.
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CARLTON Fairweather is looking for a performance and result when Sunderland Ladies play their second home game of the Women’s Super League programme this evening.

Sunderland take on bottom-of-the-table Bristol Academy at Hetton Centre and will start the match as slight favourites (kick-off 6.30pm).

It’s up to us to make sure we play as well as we have in the last two games


The Lady Black Cats have started the season with real promise while Bristol have suffered two defeats and a caning in the Champions League.

And Fairweather does not want his side to drop from the high standards they set at Liverpool and against Manchester City.

“We’ve had that conversation already,” he told the Echo.

“Bristol have had not had the best of starts and we’re not sure how they will approach the game against us.

“They have lost to Chelsea and Arsenal and are probably not up to the sort of form they’d like to be.

“But it’s up to us to make sure we play as well as we have in the last two games.

“We must work every bit as hard as we did against Liverpool and Man City and be as disciplined.

“If we do everything that gave us the opportunities against the top sides then we have a chance of getting something from this game.”

Sunderland have not played for two and a half weeks, since the 1-0 loss to City, but Fairweather says the squad have continued to blossom in training.

“The girls are coming along well,” said the head coach. “They have worked really hard in training since the last game.

“Their attitude and application has been absolutely spot on and they are developing by the day.

“We are really looking forward to the game and getting the opportunity to gauge where we are in this league.”

Fairweather welcomes back attacking talent Abbey Joice who missed the defeat to City through injury.

But close-season signing Suzanne Mulvey is still out, while midfielder Sophie Williams is a doubt after a bout of illness.