Fairweather team-talk inspired comeback, says Steph Bannon

Sunderland ladies coach Carlton Fairweather's half-time team-talk inspired their 1-1 draw with Reading said captain Steph Bannon.

Fairweather team-talk inspired comeback, says Steph Bannon
Sunderland Ladies coach Carlton Fairweather inspired their 1-1 draw with Reading said captain Steph Bannon | Photo: Sunderland Echo

Sunderland Ladies captain Steph Bannon has said manager Carl Fairweather’s half time team-talk inspired them to their 1-1 draw with Reading.

Fightback

The Black Cats trailed in their opening game of the new WSL 1 season thanks to Lois Roche’s free kick just before half-time.

But they managed to take a point through a Beth Mead's equaliser just after the restart which Bannon believes was inspired by Fairweather’s stern words at the break.

She told the Sunderland Echo that Fairweather wasn’t “very happy” with them at half-time and that they need a “bit more grit” and “determination” and had to “compete for everything”.

He continued saying that they had put in a “good shift” in training and “hadn’t turned up” after waiting ”so long” for their opening match of the season.  

Sunderland ladies drew 1-1 with Reading Ladies which captain Steph Bannon said was inspired by Carlton Fairweather's half-time team-talk | Photo: Sunderland Echo
Sunderland ladies drew 1-1 with Reading Ladies which captain Steph Bannon said was inspired by Carlton Fairweather's half-time team-talk | Photo: Sunderland Echo

Difficult conditions

The conditions were not ideal in the North East which Bannon believed had a profound effect on their performance in the opening 45 minutes.

She said that the conditions were “very difficult” and believes the visiting side dealt with it “slightly better” than the Black Cats but she believes they “came out fighting” in the second period but the three points “wasn’t meant to be”.

She continued saying that the side are looking to take “as many points as we can” at home and targeted three points in Saturday’s contest but after been a goal down, Bannon admitted that they “would take a point”.

Quite a trek

The Royals will be disappointed that they only came with a point considering the journey up north and will face another long journey with their rematch on Sunday April, 3 in the sixth round of the FA Women's Cup.

Reading defender Molly Baintrap said that the long trip wasn’t “ideal” but were “happy” with a point but believes with the “amount of chances” they had it should have been three but said “that’s football”.

Sunderland Ladies will host Reading Ladies in the Women’s FA Cup at the Hetton Centre on Sunday, April 3 with kick-off at 2pm BST.