AFC Liverpool looking for immediate response vs Cheadle Town after Irlam ‘loss of discipline

AFC Liverpool celebrate vs Congleton

AFC Liverpool manager Phil Stafford is looking to bounce back against Cheadle Town after their defeat away to Irlam.

The Reds were on a four-game winning run prior to their disappointment in Salford, in midweek.

During their run, they managed triumphs away at West Didsbury & Chorlton and Squires Gate.

At the early stage of the season, AFC find themselves five points outside the playoffs in Stafford’s early reign at the helm.

The former Bootle and Litherland REMYCA boss is pleased with the early showings. He told Off The Park: It’s going really good, we only took over in the summer and I didn’t think we would’ve gelled as quickly as we did with the personnel that we lost. 

“We’ve come together well over the last three to four months and I’m pleased with how it’s gone, I think we’ve taken 12 points from our last 15 available away from home. We’re in a good place and we’re just looking to build on it.

“It was disappointing, I thought we lost our discipline, we had a sin-bin, gave away a penalty, got a red card, it was our own application and discipline that cost us on the night,” he continued on the disappointing display against Irlam.

“After the first goal, we’ve lost our heads a little bit and the result proves that but fair play to Irlam, Dec Daniels is a top striker, we knew he was a key player and he’s proved to be one of the top marksman in the division with his hat-trick.

“The last four games we were top drawer, there was a bit of togetherness. When we first come in, it was a bit of a us and them with the existing and new players whereas now, it’s an us. We are a group and it’s happened a lot quicker than I thought it would, we‘ve become a solid group which is why we’ve had the results we have – apart from Tuesday night. 

“Last season, we had one of the worst away records and one of the best at home, to prove we can pick up points away from home is massive. It breeds confidence, we are confident wherever we go now. 

“West Didsbury was outstanding but the 12 points we’ve taken on the road, you can’t fault it no matter what division or league you’re in, it doesn’t matter, if 12 points away from home you’re happy.”

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