Christie Murray: Bristol Academy brought together by tough start

By Andrew AloiaBBC Sport
Christie Murray
Christie Murray was an unused substitute for Scotland as they drew 1-1 with Australia in Falkirk last week

Forward Christie Murray says Bristol Academy are better for their winless start to the season, which has seen them knocked out of two competitions.

The Vixens have lost all four games to date this term, been eliminated from the Champions League and FA Cup, conceded 18 goals and scored just one.

"We have a better team spirit because we have come through it together," Murray told BBC Sport.

"Going forward it will help us get more points on the table."

A new-look Bristol side suffered a 12-0 aggregate loss to Frankfurt in the Champions League quarter-finals and FA Cup exit to WSL 2 side Everton before their Women's Super League One campaign even kicked off.

Vixens on the road
Four of Bristol Academy's opening six games this season are away from home. They have already faced a return Champions League tie in Frankfurt, Germany, and FA Women's Cup fifth-round tie against Everton at Widnes.
They will clock up a further 816 miles in four days as they travel to Arsenal Ladies on Wednesday and then Sunderland at Hetton-le-Hole on Saturday.

By the time they lost their league opener 4-0 to Chelsea the Vixens had played four games in 12 days.

They next face Arsenal on Wednesday, 13 days since going down to the early WSL 1 leaders.

"The break has really given us time to reflect and to really look at things that we need to improve on," said former Queens Park, Celtic and Glasgow City player Murray.

Bristol's trip to Boreham Wood will be Murray's first since she left the Gunners in February, having helped Arsenal collect a record 13th FA Women's Cup in her only season with the Londoners.

"I really enjoyed my time at Arsenal and I'm enjoying being with Bristol, it's given me more opportunity to play and that is what I'm looking for," she said.