City of Liverpool strike good run of form as Michael Ellison makes squad admission despite transfers

Josh Quarless scores twice on his City of Liverpool debut

City of Liverpool boss Michael Ellison has praised his sides performances in a run of form that saw two wins out of three.

The only blemish on their stretch was a 2-1 defeat to Kidsgrove Athletic, which added to the Purps boss’ happiness with recent showings.

Danny Tabenrer, Tom Morris, Jack Walls, Glen Rule and striker Josh Quarless have all bolstered the ranks but it was the returns of Jack Hazelhurst, Shaun Kelly, Scott Lycett with Freddie Potter and captain Nathan Burke edging closer that brought the boss greater joy.

Just 11 points separates the Purps and the play-off positions as they enter a promising run going into the festive period.

Despite losing on the road last time out, the confidence remains for Ellison’s side going into the trip to Mossley.

“[It’s been] really good [the recent form], I think if you look at the last three games, the performances have been excellent,” he told Off The Park.

“I thought the defeat against Marine was tough to take then we had a two week break which we needed to give us a chance to reset, get some really important players back.

“We signed a real big player and have come back and look a really good side so for the first time in a couple of months I’m really really pleased.

“We still only have [Nathan] Burkey to come back, Freddie Potter still isn’t 100 percent but he should be back in the next week or two. I’ve been impressed with our performances, disappointing to lose on Saturday – I think we deserved at least a point. We’ve won two out of our last three, we go into Saturday really confident. 

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“It’s no secret we’ve been after a striker for a while, Freddie’s [Potter]been injured for a number of weeks, we’ve not been able to get a striker in and we didn’t want to get a stop gap in.

“We’ve brought a couple of young lads in, they done well for us but maybe a little bit too soon for them to play at this level but I think the new signings have helped a lot.

“Josh [Quarless] has brought goals, Glen Rule has brought experience, calmness to midfield but the most important thing was getting the other players back.

“Big players back like Jack Hazelhurst, Shaun Kelly, Scott Lycett, Burkey almost back, it’s a really important we got them back because they’re big players for us and that was more important than the new signings to be honest. 

“It’s tough to take [defeat to Kidsgrove Athletic] because we were by far the better side.

“Without being at our best, I think in the previous two we’ve been excellent, performance against Leek, fantastic performance against Market Drayton then we went into the game and we played well.

“I’d of probably been disappointed with a draw I think games are decided on small margins, fine margins and decisions and some of the decisions were horrendous.

“Ultimately, I don’t like blaming officials because we conceded two goals we could’ve done better and I think if we had the rub of the green o the day we would’ve won comfortably.”

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