Chris Anderson backs AFC Liverpool turnaround as form and league concerns dismissed

AFC Liverpool celebrate during their North West Counties Premier Division win over Winsford.

AFC Liverpool manager Chris Anderson has played down recent form concerns and is adamant that the second half of the season will be more successful than the first.

A 4-0 win over Irlam meant the end of a three-game losing run but despite the results not going in their favour, the AFC manager failed to criticise the performances.

Callum Schorah scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season with his brace as they picked up their first clean sheet in over half a season in the trip to Greater Manchester.

In doing so, he moved level with his Kyle Schorah as the club’s top goalscorer.

As the North West Counties Premier Division enters the half-way mark, the Reds are 15th, eight points off the drop zone.

During their spell of defeats, they were valiantly beaten by league leaders Macclesfield Town, but despite the result, Anderson felt could’ve ended level.

“Results haven’t been there. We lost four on the bounce, the performances wasn’t too bad but it was individual errors that were costing us the games,” he told Off The Park.

“With every game in this league, a mistake can cost you three points. Performance-wise they’ve been alright, in the last couple of performances I think we played really well and we probably deserved more than we did against Macclesfield and then we had the win on Saturday [against Irlam] we 100 percent deserved that.

“We haven’t been horrendous, there’s been a few games where we haven’t played to our strengths but I wouldn’t say we’ve been awful. It’s the odd mistake, when you play a Barnoldswick and you basically make three mistakes, we could’ve done better with all three, it makes the scoreline looks worse than what it is, then confidence goes a little bit.

“Then obviously the others; Macclesfield we hit the post if that goes in it’s a different story, I think we at least deserved a draw or something. They were good when they had the ball but I don’t think they did much to hurt us and we got the goal at the end which we definitely deserved.

“Their first goal was a penalty but up until then, they didn’t cause many problems. Performances have been alright, results just haven’t been.

“We’re newly promoted, I spoke last week, [was asked] was I worrying about my position as manager? We’re newly promoted, the jobs to survive and go as high as we can.

“We’re 15th in the league, I think now seeing every team in the league once and a couple of reinforcements that we’ve had over the last weeks or months I think we could have a strong second half. We will get beat from time to time, I think we’ll win more games than the previous half of the season.

“Be consistent in the performances and the result. Keeping a clean sheet for the first time in 30+ games or whatever was massive for us. It shows now we can do it, there is a belief we can get a clean sheet and obviously we scored four away from home against a side – maybe not in great form – sat in ninth and consistently in and around the top half of the table so we showed we can do it against them.

“We played against Macclesfield, performing well, believing in ourselves a little bit more and just understanding the game in terms of what this Premier Division gives you because it’s tough no matter what.

“We are only halfway [through the season], some times might’ve had a bad start and turn it around. Some might have had a good one, some a mixed bag, obviously we’re not resting on our laurels and we’re safe, we just know it’s going to be a tough league.

[Featured image: Dave Williams]

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