Sunderland are not leaving the Women’s Super League battle for honours “without a fight”.
That’s the defiant message from Rachel Furness following their defeat at Manchester City.
We want to finish as high as we canRachel Furness
While the second single-goal loss to the Sky Blues effectively ends their WSL1 dreams, they could still finish runners-up.
“We want to finish as high as we can,” said the Washington-born midfielder. “It’s all still to play for in the top positions.
“We did not get the result we deserved and I think, on the balance of play a draw would have been a fair one.
“But while we’ve been beaten I think people will have seen Sunderland play good football, and we’re still fighting.
“Hopefully we can get a high finish and I think we deserve it.
“We have already shown we can compete with the best teams in the league and we still have Arsenal and Chelsea still to play.
“We are determined to get results and we’re not going out without a fight.”
It was the third defeat of the season to the richest club in the world. But Furness said the Lady Black Cats can take satisfaction from their performance at the City Acadamy Stadium.
In the previous encounters in the league and cup, City had dominated possession but not last night as Sunderland had plenty of the ball and as many sights at goal.
Alas, they could not find a way past Karen Bardsley, the England keeper making saves from Brooke Chaplen, Abbey Joice and Beth Mead.
“The other two games against City I don’t think we have done ourselves justice,” said Furness.
“We sat off them too much in the Continental Cup tie, but here we went for it here and showed people what we are about. We weren’t outclassed - we got the ball down and played well.
“WSL1 takes a break for international action with Furness and her midfield comrade, Sarah McFadden, lining up for Northern Ireland next week against the Republic of Ireland, who will feature another Sunderland star, Stephanie Roche.
Sunderland return to action on Saturday September 26, with their final home game, against Arsenal, before visiting Chelsea the following weekend.