Sampson hoping Vixens can end campaign unbeaten on the road
BOSS Mark Sampson wants Bristol Academy to end their FA Women's Super League season undefeated away from home.
The Vixens play their final game of the campaign at third-placed Everton on Sunday and know a victory would secure their best finish in the competition.
"We are unbeaten on the road in the league this season and it would be good to sign off with that record intact," said Sampson.
"The girls will be looking to end on a high and I don't see any reason why we can't go to Everton, get a good result and finish in the top four – which would be an improvement on last season.
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"It's important we go there fully motivated to try to get the win."
Bristol finished fifth with 16 points last season, but have already bettered that tally this term.
"I think we have to be really pleased. It's nice that we have already got more points than last season – we are two better off with a game still to play," said Sampson.
"Being unbeaten away from home has been a big improvement and, generally, the standard of our play has been consistent and of a very high level.
"I don't think there has been one game this season where I could criticise the players for not giving their all or a lack of effort.
"We have fallen victim to a couple of contentious refereeing decisions at vital moments – and not taking some of the chances we created probably cost us the chance of second spot."
Everton have little to play for, with Birmingham City's vastly superior goals difference virtually guaranteeing them runners-up spot and a European place, regardless of their result against champions Arsenal this weekend or the outcome of Bristol's clash at The Arriva Stadium in Crosby.
The Toffees' only home defeat this season came when the Vixens thumped them 4-0 in June's Continental Cup clash and the visitors will welcome back influential midfielder Jess Fishlock after serving a one-match suspension.