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Jessica Fishlock was taking a positive outlook following Bristol Academy's 1-1 draw with FC Energiya Voronezh in the first leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League tie.
The 24-year-old scored the goal and played a starring role as Academy held the Russian Champions but admitted to Women's Soccer Scene that it could have been an even better night for her side.
"The game was a bit of a rollercoaster, to be honest," she said. "We were the better side and played the better football and we should have been two or three goals up. Then we gave away a penalty and in the end, we were glad to hold on to 1-1, so all in all it feels like a good result.
It must have been a fantastic game for people to watch and there could have been goals galore, but we rue the chances that we missed - no doubt about that. It's been the story of our season really and maybe if it had been next year, we'd have probably have put those goals away and the tie would been over by half time. But it was a good experience and we'll learn from it."
After Academy had failed to take a string of chances, it was Jess who put them in front with fifteen minutes remaining. "I knew that Lillie [Billson] had gone in with the keeper and that the keeper was out so I had to take it one touch wide and get a better angle on the shot," she recalled.
"As I hit it, I fell backwards but the most important thing for me was to get it on target. I didn't actually see it go in but I heard everyone screaming so I knew it had gone in and I just went crazy!"
However eight minutes later, Voronezh were level and key defender Jemma Rose had been sent off for handball on the goal line. "We have no complaints about the penalty, it was handball," said Jess. "I think Jemma was falling over and just put her hands out to stop the ball to prevent it going in. The referee didn't see it, so I thought we had got away with it, but the linesman was in a better position so full credit to her and fair play to the penalty taker, it was a great penalty."
Jess also admitted that her heart was in her mouth a minute later as Voronezh seemed to be denied a clear penalty when Grace McCatty brought down Veronica Boquette in the area. "Grace did some great covering but the player pulled the ball back and she caught her. You've seen them given but thankfully for us it wasn't, so we could breathe again."
Now Academy must score at least once in the return leg next week if they are to make it through to the last sixteen but Jess is taking a typically positive attitude. "The away goal is a pain but it is only one," she said. "There is no reason why we cannot score a goal over there as we should have scored around five on the night.
"We just need to work on our finishing and hopefully we can get an early goal, then they will have to carry the game to us and we can counter attack which would be an ideal situation."
The night was a record breaking one for Jess, who became the first British player to play for three clubs from three different countries in the competition, having also played for Cardiff City and AZ Alkmaar, and maybe the first one overall. "I do love little stats against my name and it's one that I can be proud of!" she smiled.
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