SUNDERLAND WOMEN manager Mick Mulhern was delighted with his side’s display, despite defeat in extra-time to Arsenal.
“We worked hard in training on how to play offensively and defensively against the threat of Arsenal,” he said.
“We didn’t quite manage to beat them but I’m proud of them all. We played very well against one of the best teams in Europe and gave them a good run for their money.
“It was a great game and unfortunately someone had to lose. But if you are going to lose it might as well be against the best team in the country.
“We worked hard in the week on how to stop Arsenal playing, and how to attack them.
“We tried to limit the gap between our defence and midfield to stop Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs from playing in that space, and I think the girls did it very well.”
There was good news for Sunderland in the league, yesterday though.
Nottingham Forest, Sunderland’s only challengers for the national division title, lost 2-1 at home to Watford Ladies.
And that leaves Sunderland needing two points from their final three league games of the season – all of which are away – to seal the championship.
Sunderland’s next game is away to Millwall on Sunday.
They are likely to be without centre-half Gemma Wilson, who suffered a hamstring injury in yesterday’s game.
“There was big cheer when we heard Forest’s result,” said Mulhern.
“Now we want to win the title and end the season on a major high.”