City of Liverpool left disappointed following draw in six-goal thriller

City of Liverpool Ben Rydel celebrates after scoring superb free-kick

City of Liverpool manager Michael Ellison disappointed this his side didn’t claim all three points after drawing with Runcorn Linnets.

Both sides played out a six-goal thriller in a topsy-turvy affair that saw the Purps go behind before going ahead until Iwan Murray equalised.

Ellison was left frustrated at the manner in which his side conceded following three set-pieces including a superb free-kick to share the spoils.

Despite the result the City of Liverpool manager felt they could’ve left Runcorn with the win but was content to take a point.

“They’ve started the season really really well I think you have to look at it as a positive point away from home again a good side. But yeah I thought over the course of the game I am disappointed that we’ve not conceded a goal from open-play and concede off three set pieces, the first one isn’t a pen for me his hands are in the air but he’s been pushed and it’s a natural reaction and the referees give it, I thought he was poor all night to be honest.

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“We’ll take the point they’re playing well, they’ve had a 10 days rest and you could see it in the last 15 minutes, we tired and in an ideal world we’d love to change it and bring a couple of fresh legs on but we just never had them on. All in all under the circumstances I think a point is a fair result. 

“I thought we started the game well, three set pieces, first one as I said wasn’t a pen, second he’s got a free header on the six yard box and the third a free-kick but over the course of 90 minutes, I thought we did really really well.

“Three of the goals are absolutely excellent so I’m delighted with that and that 25 minutes at the start of the second half I thought was the best we’ve played all season, it’s just maybe putting the performances together. 

“To concede three goals is disappointing but it’s hard to be critical of the lads they showed character, lads playing the matches 70 per cent fit like Freddie [Potter] so we’re squeezes everything out the lads so it’s hard to be critical.

“We’ve had better performances but 25 minutes of that second half that’s the best we’ve been football wise, thought we took the game to them, pressed, created a lot of chances and just thought if we got that fourth at 3-2 we would’ve killed the game but it’s a good point away from home.”

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