‘No reason we can’t’ – Widnes manager not ruling out Workington upset

John McGrath celebrates scoring the winning goal against Prescot Cables for Widnes

Widnes manager Dave Dempsey says there is ‘no reason’ they can’t dent league leaders Workington’s title bid.

They currently lead at the top of the Northern Premier League West by a point but Widnes go in on the back of a good win against Prescot Cables.

Dempsey told Off The Park: “I think it’s a game that’s a bit of a free-hit for us, I don’t like that term, but it kind of is where they are in the league, their run of form, the kind of players they’ve got. We can kind of go there without any pressure.

“But that message is a dangerous message because my players can take it one way or another and they can go switch off and think there is no pressure on the game or they can relax, play and hopefully cause an upset.

“I think it’ll be a close game, every game has been, if we take our chances at the right end and be clinical in their box, there’s no reason we can’t come away from something. 

“You don’t play these teams every week, every side in our league can cause upsets, I don’t think there’s a lot in terms of the leagues where it’s one team and the rest are poor, every team can beat each other.

“You’ve got to look at the run of form Workington are on. They’re a very, very good side but we go there with no fear, relaxed, it’s an opportunity to play against one of the better sides and see how we go.”

Dempsey did go back on his post-match comments from the win over Cables and expressed his happiness to “win ugly”, he added: “I think that was harsh the comment I made after the game. I think it was a bit of frustration my side because we didn’t use the ball well but we won ugly again, the likelihood is we’re going to have to do that again if we’re to get anything from the game.

“We may not have much possession, we just need to keep the ball better, we need to make sure our distances are the same and we don’t get stretched.

“To be honest, it’s going to be a message of have no regrets and come back leaving nothing on the pitch, if they come off working at 75 per cent they’ll get beat, if they come back after 100, 110 they’ll be in with a chance of getting something.”

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