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It’s been a long month since we last played Blackburn. 12th November is seared into every Lasses fan’s memory, with a disjointed display and frustrating calls from a referee that culminated in the best side in Sunderland’s first campaign loss. It even left some of us hoarse after politely informing officials of their timekeeping duties.
The Lasses remain undefeated in the Conti Cup. And although some of us here at the Roker Report, regard it as a distraction to the titanic turnaround of our League form this season, an exception will be made to Blackburn.
Blackburn defend and time waste like champions. But those low blocks of theirs can be cleared by Kiwi Katie Kitching, whose free kicks can curl better than Mary McAteer’s hair.
Sunderland Women are coming off a 7-0 victory, tearing apart Durham Cestria like paper in a shredder. We’ve had time off over the international break to regroup and hopefully work on the injuries picked up by the squad.
All signs look positive but with the pause in play since we went against serious competition, Wednesday’s game is as mysterious to me as the presents under the tree.
Sunderland are in Group A of the cup’s group stage (yeah it’s got a bizarre format for those not in the know). We sit third in the table behind Aston Villa and Durham who have played an extra game.
A win against bottom of the group Blackburn would give us a healthy boost but I expect Mel Reay will see this as a chance either to prove a point, or ease in any players to full match fitness before the real test this Sunday in the league against Birmingham City at Eppleton and the Lasses last game this year.
For those travelling on the day, we recommend a pink slice from McCoys and to wrap up warm, it’s going to be a chilly one.
Ha’way the Lasses!