Kevin Lynch addresses Liam Hollett exit ahead of Prescot Cables’ derby clash with City of Liverpool

Prescot Cables manager Kevin Lynch vs Clitheroe

Prescot Cables boss Kevin Lynch is remaining positive despite their defeat to Kidsgrove Athletic as they face City of Livepool this weekend.

Cables return to action on Friday in the 10A Derby at the Joseph Russell Stadium. Lynch’s side were forced to rue mistakes in their defeat away from home on Saturday.

Ahead of the clash, Lynch notes that form “goes out the window” but there could be a sense of revenge for the Bulls as they were humiliated by the Purps in this fixture, last season.

He told Off The Park: “If anyone’s watching us, we are playing really well, creating a lot of chances and all we have to do is keep more of the same. I don’t think we change much, the beliefs good, we just need to be a little bit more clinical, resolute and disciplined in our defending, that’s what’s cost us.

“Going into the City of Liverpool game, we know it’ll be tough, they’re a good side, in a derby the form guide goes out the window, it’s something that we’ll relish, we’re at home – only been beaten once at home – there’s loads of positives.

“Friday night game, under the lights, I’m sure the lads will be looking forward to it.

“I wouldn’t expect anything less. I’ve said before any team in this league can beat anyone, it’s just how you apply yourself, I think the lads know what to expect, they know the majority of the lads, it’s a nice game to go into. We’re looking forward to it.

“Very disappointed, upon reflection I think it wasn’t good enough in both boxes,” Lynch noted on their defeat to Kidsgrove Athletic. “I thought we created the chances to put them to bed early on and then poor defending, marking cost us.

“We’re talking about staying positive, we dominated the play, you couldn’t have argued if you were two or three up, we had good chances we just didn’t take them.

“They had one free-kick, two shots in the first-half, scored two. Defending a set-piece a player didn’t go with his marker then the second one come from poor defending, in general play, I thought we looked dangerous then the sending off took any momentum from getting into the game. Overall, poor in both boxes.”

In light of the defeat, it was announced that captain Liam Hollett had left the club. The defender was shown a second red card of the season during the defeat.

Later in the week, it was confirmed that he was joining rivals City of Liverpool and is in contention to make his debut against his former club with his suspension yet to be in force.

Discussing the decision, Lynch said: “My thoughts, if I can sum it up, discipline is key to how we want to play, I felt the red card count speaks for itself, I felt it’s not what we need not only does it cost the team but the club as well.

“I just thought we needed to look at that, we can’t keep going on, two red cards this season, one late last season, I think he’s on four yellow cards as well so it was imminent [suspension]. We had to replace him anyway, unfortunately that’s the deal.

“Good luck to the lad, he’s been a good servant for us, done well when he’s needed to but what we’ve got to do, discipline is key but we wish him all the best.

“We move on, we can’t dwell on the situation, we’ve got lads to come in. Louis Shead is chomping at the bit, Tom Dean – we need a bit more out of him – and we have a few irons in the fire that will improve so we have to keep improving, gradually progressing and seeing where we end up at the end.”

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