‘Got to keep striving’ – City of Liverpool boss Paul McNally makes Newcastle Town demand after Workington draw

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City of Liverpool must keep improving after their hard-earned point away at Workington, insists manager Paul McNally.

The Purps halted the Reds’ impressive run forcing them to share the points for just the second time since the end of August.

A key flash point came in the second-half where Ryan Hamer was there to deny Lewis Reilly from the penalty spot after Scott Alisson was brought down by Pete Wylie.

McNally had no complaints over the outcome but there was a twinge of disappointment that they never snatched all three.

He told Off The Park: “Fully deserved, on the face of play as a team, a unit, I thought we were outstanding defensively.

“I thought we were quality, full value for at least a point, they may argue differently but I don’t think they really troubled us apart from the penalty and then the last 15 to 20 when they were pressing.

“If we had perfected the game plan, we would’ve snatched a counter-attack and won but it never happened, we never took or chances when they did come our way. Besides that, beggars can’t be choosers, on the face of play it’s an absolutely great point, just a shame it wasn’t three.

“Let’s make no bones about it, we conceded five goals against Leek, the week before. Before that, we’d been winning games, we have got the personnel but maybe we’re not in the right place at this present moment to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Workington, Leek and maybe we need to check things, putting things into perspective.

“We’re not at the top at the minute, we have got the personnel, we can have a go at them. We haven’t got an inferiority complex and that we can’t beat these teams, maybe we have to become a bit cleverer, savvier to climb the table and go toe-to-toe with them.”

This weekend they welcome Newcastle Town as they look to return to winning ways in the Northern Premier League West.

They enter the game on the back of a 7-1 defeat to Clitheroe but have wins against Widnes, Skelmersdale United and Bootle to ther name.

McNally added: “Another big game, another team that’s been doing quite well. They’re not thought of as high as Workington and Leek but they’re an established team, very young side, very organised and we know they’ll be no pushovers.

“We’ll have to be at our best to win, we at home so we’ll be looking to stamp our authority on the game and push us up the table. We’ve got to keep striving to improve every game, try rectify that bad start we had.

“Whatever way they try to play, we have to combat that and that’s down to us on the day. It’s also down to us, if we can turn up, I’ve been quoted on this in the past that we don’t fear anyone but we respect everyone.

“We’ve got to look at it and go ‘we can’t go toe-to-toe with these big teams yet but we can have a go at them’. Newcastle Town are the same, we’ll show them the post respect, do our homework on them, we’ll see where we take it from there.

“We’re at home, if we’ve got a good crowd behind us, I’m hoping we can have a good crowd that can buoy us on and get us three points which would be massive.”

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