‘We want to take the game to them’ – City of Liverpool face tough Clitheroe test in the FA Cup

City of Liverpool face tough opposition in the form of Clitheroe in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and manager Michael Ellison hopes to take the game to the confident Ribble Valley side.

The Purps come into the clash unbeaten in four after picking up their first two league wins of the season over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Freddie Potter made it three in two games, scoring the winner against city rivals Bootle whilst bagging a brace in the win over Newcastle Town.

Clitheroe sit second in the Northern Premier League West after losing out in the top of the table clash against Workington on Monday.

But there is reason to be confident for the visitors on Saturday after they coasted past Bootle last week with a 7-1 win before a 2-0 win over Glossop North End days later.

The match will be the first of two instalments between the two sides as they meet on Tuesday with their attentions turning back to domestic football.

“We’re playing them Saturday, Tuesday which I don’t like, playing teams close together is something I don’t like as a manager,” Ellison explained.

“They’re flying they’ve got some really really good players, a lot experienced, big physical side. We know about them, it’s going to be a tough game but we’ve said it before there is no easy games and we’re hoping to follow our last results with a performance in the cup.

“It’s the FA Cup, it’s a game we want to win and a competition we want to progress and try get some funds for the club.

“I think personnel will have to change, we’ve brought a couple of lads in, we’ve lost a few, a couple of knocks.

“Lads have played twice in 48 hours so personnel will change but the message remains the same, we still want to play the right way. We still want to play the same way. We’re at home, we want to be aggressive and take the game to them.

“We can’t pick and choose, we just want to win football matches whether that’s the FA Cup, the league or any cup.

“We just want to win games. Winning football matches is a habit and it breeds confidence you can see it after the win against Emley in the cup, the performance against Glossop was really good on the back of that maybe should’ve got the win.

“Like I said the message will be the same, it’ll come, do the right things. Over the last couple of games we’ve got the results but again it’s fine margins, it’s going to be the same over the next couple of games and there’s no easy games it’s just about progressing to the next round.”

[Featured image: Purps Matchday]