‘The perfect response’ – City of Liverpool boss Paul McNally heaps praise on side after Hanley Town win

City of Liverpool manager Paul McNally

City of Liverpool manager Paul McNally has hailed his side for their response against Hanley Town following defeat to 1874 Northwich.

Goals from James Steele, John McGrath and Kevin Ellison fired the Purps into a three-goal lead as they picked up their first win of the campaign and a first under the new manager.

The hosts did find avenues back to cause a nervy finish for City of Liverpool but they held on to pick up the win.

Prior to their trip to Stoke-on-Trent, McNally said his side were playing for their place in the squad. But following their win, he was full of praise.

He told Off The Park: “It was and more, it was the perfect response to Tuesday night’s performance, it was great to come away from there with the win. I thought the lads delivered and they were all fantastic.

“Attitude, intensity, tempo, desire and we had a cutting edge, we looked like we could score and that was not from one person, it was the whole team,” the City of Liverpool boss added on what changed from their midweek defeat to 1874 Northwich.

“We had a desire to go forward and that was what was pleasing, we were willing to defend and willing to attack, that’s what changed. Just a bit of mentality probably.”

“It’s still a process, we’re still looking to work with the lads we’ve got here, we’re always open to players that are available,” he said on potential incomings. “If they can improve us, if they’re not we’re not interested, they’ve got to be better than what we’ve had.

“I was very pleased with the players on Saturday and around them. If they can carry on that form, we don’t need to look anywhere else, we’ve got a fine squad. Hopefully that can swing the momentum because the feel-good factor was back on Saturday.”

This weekend, they return home for the visit of Trafford as McNally looks to pick up his first win at home since taking over.

But he has heaped importance on not looking too far ahead as they sit five points from safety after seven games.

“It’s important that we carry it on, we’re at home, we’ve got to feel confident, look to attack and get at them with every opportunity.

“They’ll be thinking the same, they’ll be thinking it’s an opportunity to come to us, nice pitch and maybe upset us. It’s a great opportunity for us to be on the front foot, at them and see if we can get three points to try change the outlook of the table.

“Every game is going to be tough, we know that, we’re taking each game as it comes, we’re working as hard as we can and seeing what we finish with at the end of each game – hopefully three points if not minimum is one. 

“They’re a good side, when they played us while I was manager of the previous club, they were a good team, a very good game and it was end to end. They’re a team that plays football the right way, they’ve got a good manager with them. They’ll look to come and play football, it should make for an entertaining game all round.”

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