Mick Mulhern

Stadium appearance excites Mulhern

by Stuart Vose

Ladies' team are half-time guests.

Sunderland Women manager Mick Mulhern hopes his double-winning side will be given a tremendous reception when they take to the Stadium of Light pitch on Saturday.

The Lady Black Cats will be guests of honour of Sunderland AFC following a tremendous season where they swept all before them by retaining the National Premier League and securing the League Cup against Leeds United.

And with the squad being invited to receive their trophies during half-time against Reading, Mulhern says it's the perfect way to celebrate an unbelievable season.

"Tomorrow will be fantastic," he said. "A lot of the girls support Sunderland, so it will be great to get the trophies on the pitch at the Stadium of Light.

"It will add a bit of gloss and glitter to a fantastic season and hopefully the fans will give us a great cheer."

Sunderland kicked-off their title defence with an impressive 4-1 win over Portsmouth last weekend, and face Barnet at the Hetton Centre on Sunday (KO 1pm).

With games coming thick and fast, Mulhern insists there's no chance of standards slipping as his side hunt for more silverware this campaign.

He added: "It was tough against Portsmouth and they made it hard for us for a good hour.

"Portsmouth are newly promoted this season, and like the men's team against Reading tomorrow, nobody wants to play them early.

"We didn’t do well against the newly promoted sides last season, so it was a big three points.

"But the targets are still the same for this season – we want to win every game."