‘We’re not a million miles away’ – City of Liverpool manager Paul McNally spots positives as Purps make Mossley trip

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Manager Paul McNally has admitted that City of Liverpool have to begin moving up the table following their defeat to Clitheroe.

The Purps sit third from bottom in the Northern Premier League West as the division remains tight from the play-offs to the relegation zone.

John McGrath saw his penalty cancelled out against Witton Albion on Saturday as they were made to settle for a draw.

Then on Tuesday, goals from Ste Milne and Jack Hazlehurst couldn’t salvage a result away at Clitheroe as Reece Webb-Foster stabbed home with just minutes left of normal time after Ross Dent and Cameron Lancaster gave them a two-goal lead.

This weekend, they travel to Mossley, a side who have slipped away from the top two in recent weeks. But the Lillywhites pushed the league leaders to the last minute until two stoppage-time goals secured a dramatic win for Macclesfield.

McNally told Off The Park: “Similar to Clitheroe, another tough game, make no bones about it, we know we’ll be in a tough game, we feel confident.

“We’ve not scared of any team, as I’ve said previously, but we’ve got to go there with a gameplan and know what we need to come away with. We need to start getting up the table, once we click I’m confident that will happen.

“When you’re down there, things don’t seem to go your way. As a group, I think we’ve got the right players, it’s not working at the minute in different places.

“Before Tuesday, we’d only lost all month, we drew a lot of the games, we’d only lost once so that shown we’re being tougher to beat and durable, now we’ve got to turn that into three points, I don’t think we’re a million miles away.”

Harry McGee’s goal 13 minutes from time earned Witton a share of the spoils after McGrath’s spot-kick just six minutes into the second-half.

Despite feeling disappointed at not taking all three, the City of Liverpool boss was content to not be left empty-handed.

“On the face of play, they’ll feel like they should’ve won but for me 70 minutes, we were the better team we just didn’t put it in then once we went 1-0 up then they’ve come out of their shells and attacked us in numbers,” he said. “I’m gutted we never got the win, I thought we could’ve held on. It could’ve been two, three, four, we’ve had great opportunities but their ‘keepers had a great game for them and our ‘keeper has had a fantastic save.

“It was a tale of both ‘keepers having a good game but disappointing we haven’t scored two, three or four but we scored one and I hope it’d be enough but it wasn’t to be. We’ve came away with a point and a point is better than nothing.”

They were made to rue mistakes in their defeat in midweek as Dent ghosted into to fire home before a mistake from Ben Barnes allowed the Clitheroe forward to pounce.

But the Purps boss is confident his side can continue turning around their fortune. He said: “We played really well, no two ways about it, we played really well against them.

“We didn’t have the best of stats, gifted them two goals at the start, we thought our way back into it and looked the better team from 10 minutes before half-time until the end of the game near enough.

“Not many teams will go to Clitheroe and play the way we did, I’m disappointed we’ve conceded late on but the progress is there, you can see that the signs are getting better, it’ll only be a matter of time before things change and we get the luck we deserve.”

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