City of Liverpool suffer disappointing start but look to bounce back

City of Liverpool in action
City of Liverpool in action

City of Liverpool manager Michael Ellison says that he was disappointed to not pick up three points on the opening day and hopes his side will bounce back following a sobering 3-0 defeat.

The sides couldn’t be separated as they played out a goalless draw against Ramsbottom United.

Ellison admitted that he could have no complaints about the defeat to Workington but hopes his players can dust themselves off and react to their opening two games.

The Purps were left feeling aggrieved on the opening day when they saw their opening goal chalked off due to an offside with interfering with the goalkeeper.

They travelled to Workington on Tuesday and fell to three second half goals, but the City of Liverpool boss remains confident that his side will get better.

“I thought it was a game of two halves, we created some guilt edged chances but didn’t take them,” he told Off The Park

“And it’s not just that, we looked good, we played out from the back and got it to the middle third but it was that final ball or final finish that let us down.

“I was pleased with the first half and the second okay for 10 minutes then the game got a bit stretched and we went a bit deep again, they’ve had a chance at the end that maybe they should’ve scored.

“You take the point but it was more two points, but I was disappointed.

“No complaints [against Workington], they’re a very good side, they’ve got great technicians, they’re strong and it was out of possession they caused us problems.

“They pressed us high, they had a game plan, we didn’t help ourselves, we turned over a lot of possession – I don’t think we defended great and the better side won.

“The free-kick was absolute quality, but there were three mistakes in the build-up to the free-kick. It was something we spoke about before the game, don’t give silly free-kicks around the box, it could’ve been prevented it wasn’t.

“The second goal was a penalty, I think everyone seen that, he’s stuck it away well.

“Then a set-piece which was tough to take, I’ve got no complaints over the result, they deserved to win. I just thought we could’ve played better in certain areas but they’ll learn from it, we’ll get better, hopefully get a better reaction on Saturday.

“We spoke to the lads, we’re looking for a reaction and I’m confident we’ll get that. The lads understand where we need to improve so that’s down to us as a management team to sort out.”

(Featured image by Paul Moran)