Rick Passmoor: Notts County Ladies can set season alight

By Andrew AloiaBBC Sport
Rick Passmoor
Notts County's only loss this season came against Chelsea on the opening day of their Women's Super League campaign

Manager Rick Passmoor says Notts County Ladies' season will be defined in the next three games.

The Lady Magpies face newly-promoted Sunderland and defending champions Liverpool in the Women's Super League, either side of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Goodison Park.

Passmoor's side earned their first league win of 2015 with a 5-2 victory at Bristol Academy on Saturday.

"The fortnight could really set our season alight," Passmoor said.

"We have a tremendous camaraderie in the changing room, but they were getting a little anxious and a little upset that it wasn't working for them.

"To come to Bristol and not only win but play the way we did is really pleasing. There is optimism and confidence that will can go on from here."

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Captain Laura Bassett said the win has set them up for a "big week" in which they hope to reach their first FA Cup final, with Passmoor's side beaten in the semi-final stage in the previous two years.

"A win away at Bristol is a good way to start," Bassett continued. "We are absolutely ecstatic, pleased and proud that we have got our first win.

"We need to use this as a turning point, this is what we have been striving for."