Sunderland Ladies captain Keira Ramshaw believes the squad’s togetherness will help them bounce back after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to London City Lionesses.

The Black Cats legend slotted home from the spot in stoppage time, but with Atlanta Primus and Karin Muya giving the hosts a deserved half-time lead and Amy Rodgers adding a third on the hour, it proved to be no more than a consolation.

Ramshaw and her teammates were disappointed with their performance in the opening 45 minutes in which a slow start saw them fall behind just after kick-off. Sunderland regrouped during the break and despite Rodgers’ goal, offered a much better showing in the second half.

Speaking to FA Player, Ramshaw said: “Credit to London City, they are an excellent side and gave us a good game. But I think first half we came out and weren’t at 100% as we could have been.

“We were disappointed going in at half time, had a little discussion, and I think we came out as a better team in the second half.

“Falling behind early we had a mountain to climb, especially the way we conceded, and I think it could have been prevented. We’ll go back into training and look at where we went wrong and hopefully put things right for next week.

After the game head coach Mel Reay praised her side’s spirit and determination to keep going, demanding they carry their second half display into next week’s clash with Lewes.

“It’s all about togetherness,” Ramshaw added. “We’ve got a fantastic squad at Sunderland and the respect we all have from each other. [The second half] was all about sticking together, pushing on and trying to get more goals and if not a draw. It just wasn’t our day.

“We’ve got to push on now and go again next week.”