1 August 2011
Mark Sampson hailed two-goal hero Jess Fishlock as world class after she helped Bristol Academy to a 2-0 victory at Liverpool.
The Vixens striker only scored her first WSL goal in the midweek defeat to leaders Birmingham.
But Fishlock (pictured) added two more, including a first-half penalty, as Bristol kept the winless Reds rooted to the foot of the table.
“She’s world class,” said the Vixens boss. “After a bit of a dry spell in WSL, that’s three goals in two games now.
“But I never worried for her. They say form is temporary and class is permanent and certainly applies to Jess.
“She’s a classy player and a classy finisher. She was awarded player of the match today and she had been for our last four games.”
Bristol were left heartbroken after conceding two goals in the last three minutes in a 3-2 defeat against leaders Birmingham in their last match.
And Sampson was delighted with his players’ response against bottom of the table Liverpool.
“It was important we got a result after our last two games,” he said. “We played well against Lincoln and Birmingham but didn’t get the right results, so we have to be happy with the win.
“There’s some big characters at this football club so I knew we would come back strongly after the tough defeat in midweek.
“We’ve a good run of fixtures now and the second half of the season is looking a lot, lot rosier.”
Liverpool players were locked in the dressing room for more than an hour after the final whistle as yet another defeat left the Merseysiders still searching for their first win in WSL.
"Some things needed saying," said Reds captain Vicky Jones. "We had a discussion about it and we know what we're doing wrong but we need to put it right on the pitch.
Confidence is obviously a big issue and getting that first win would lift a huge weight off our shoulders. We just need to get it."
"We didn't play too badly first half but once we conceded the second goal heads just dropped.