Bristol Academy manager Mark Sampson felt his side did not deserve to lose to Arsenal on Thursday and is excited for their first FA WSL home game against Liverpool, who he feels will be out for revenge.
By David Brenchley
Academy defeated the Reds on Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final to reach the final as well as secure Champions League place for next season and Sampson feels Liverpool will be determined to get a result today.
"I think winning an FA Cup Semi-Final is a big result for any football club, especially ours who have never been to a Final," he told FAWSL.com. "We played really well on the day and were deserved winners.
"This is our first home game, it's at a new stadium and there's a big crowd expected. Liverpool will be coming here looking for some revenge so we'll have to be right at it."
Bristol have lost their first two league games this season but, after a thrashing against Birmingham, they were the better side against Arsenal but lost out to a Jennifer Beattie wonderstrike.
"We didn't deserve to lose the game on Thursday," he added, "the better team on the night lost. The first half we had to withstand some pressure and we did that very well.
"The longer the game went on the team's belief grew stronger and we conceded a goal at a time when it looked as though we would be the team to score. Arsenal have some great players and are a fantastic team, so we will take great belief from our performance."
Meanwhile, Robbie Johnson has rejected claims they are out for revenge but has insisted that Liverpool's season starts today, after a draw against Everton and 4-0 loss to Birmingham.
He told liverpoolladiesfc.com: "The FA Cup win was a one-off game. What our players have got to realise is that after our two defeats, the season starts now.
"I don't believe we'll be looking for 'revenge' and Bristol will be after the three points just as much as we are. We believe we are capable of beating teams like Bristol, and now we have to go out and prove it."
Having made fir the game against Birmingham, there may be some more in store today and Johnson is looking for a more attacking performance this time.
"I gave one or two players a rest in midweek, so I will consider those players after I've spoken to them. But I am certainly looking at having a more attacking line up. As a team, we have to get forward more," he added.
Bristol Academy Women host Liverpool Ladies at the Stoke Gifford Stadium (BS34 8LP), kick off at 1830.
photos Janos Schmidt