SUNDERLAND head coach Claire Robinson was delighted with her side’s squad depth after watching her reshuffled troops ease to a 3-0 victory over local rivals Durham.
Abbey Joice opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time in their Group Two opener of the WSL Continental Cup, their fourth game in two weeks.
And after the break Beth Mead and a Lauren Jordinson own goal saw Robinson’s troops take a fourth straight win in all competitions, much to the boss’ delight.
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“I’m happy with the performance.
We could have had a few more goals too, but the chances are coming and that’s pleasing.
“We’ve been able to rotate the players too, and brought young players through and I was pleased with their performances.
“We need to keep an eye on the squad. We have a starting eleven but it’s important to give the players a chance and keep that winning mentality.”
Danielle Hill, stand-in skipper for Durham on the night, admitted she and her teammates only had themselves to blame.
“To be honest, I don’t think the scoreline reflected the game. They attacked more than us but we had a plan and that was to stop them.
“Obviously conceding three goals is not the best, but we’ll build on this.”
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